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Jim Mandich inducted into Miami Dolphins' Honor Roll

Former Miami tight end and broadcaster Jim Mandich was inducted into Dolphins Honor Roll at halftime of Sunday's game.

Mandich died last April after a long bout with bile-duct cancer. He was 62. Mandich was part of the team's radio crew since 1992 with the exception of 2005-06.

Former Miami coach Don Shula was among those on hand for the ceremony.

Shula addressed the crowd before handing the microphone to Mandich's son, Mike. He gave a speech that he said took almost an hour to write.

"Honestly, my biggest worry was breaking down and crying," Michael Mandich said. "I knew I had spoken from the heart on what my thoughts were and feelings about this … It was very special to see him forever etched in Dolphins history."

Mandich was a member of the 1972-73 17-0 team and earned two Super Bowl rings with the Dolphins. He became part of the radio broadcast team from 1992 to 2010. Mandich eventually left his popular talk show, but continued to broadcast Dolphins games this season with play-by-play man Jimmy Cefalo and analyst Joe Rose.

Mandich also hosted Tuesday meetings of the Miami Dolphins Touchdown Club throughout the season.

Diagnosed with bile-duct cancer early in 2010, Mandich's battle with the disease was the motivation behind the first Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Mad Dog" led a lap around Sun Life Stadium to launch that first event, and the photograph of an ill Mandich giving a thumbs-up was the lasting image -- used as inspiration and plastered on every banner and handout associated with the Challenge.

"I am so glad that we are making this bigger and better, and it's going on for the second year, which will grow and grow and grow each and every year, in honor of my husband," said Bonnie Mandich said of the event.

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