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|Born: July 3, 1946 |
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Manuel Jose Fernandez (born July 3, 1946 in Oakland, California) was an American football player who played eight seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time Defensive tackle ( DT) is a position on the defensive line in American and Canadian football. Defensive end ( DE) is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football. In team Sports the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the Number Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Oakland (ˈoʊklənd founded in 1852 is the eighth-largest city in the U In an organised Sports league, a season is the portion of one Year in which regulated Games of the sport are in session The 1968 NFL season was the 49th Regular season of the National Football League. The 1975 NFL season was the 56th Regular season of the National Football League. This is a List of Athletic Conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA The University of Utah (referred to locally as ' The U' or ' the U of U') is a publicly funded Research university in Salt Lake The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami Florida Metropolitan Area. The 1968 NFL season was the 49th Regular season of the National Football League. The 1975 NFL season was the 56th Regular season of the National Football League. In American football and Canadian football, the sack occurs when the Quarterback is tackled behind the Line of scrimmage before he professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL Super Bowl VII was an American football game played on January 14, 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles California Super Bowl VIII was an American football game played on January 13, 1974 at Rice Stadium in Houston Texas to decide the National Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Oakland (ˈoʊklənd founded in 1852 is the eighth-largest city in the U American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami Florida Metropolitan Area. The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. He played in three Super Bowls for the Dolphins. professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL
At San Lorenzo High in San Lorenzo, California, he played football, wrestled, and threw the discus.
Next came Chabot Junior College before enrolling at Utah under head coach Mike Giddings. The University of Utah (referred to locally as ' The U' or ' the U of U') is a publicly funded Research university in Salt Lake Wore number 65 at the University of Utah and was a 3-year letterman. The University of Utah (referred to locally as ' The U' or ' the U of U') is a publicly funded Research university in Salt Lake 
He went undrafted and signed with the Dolphins, who had hoped he would be a connection to a Spanish-speaking audience; alas, he didn't speak Spanish.
Manny Fernandez was a strong contender for MVP of Super Bowl VII. Super Bowl VII was an American football game played on January 14, 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles California Wrote Nick Buoniconti, "It was the game of his life–in fact, it was the most dominant game by a defensive lineman in the history of the game, and he would never be given much credit for it. Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti (born December 15, 1940) is a former American Football League and NFL Hall of Fame Middle linebacker They should have given out two game balls and made Manny Fernandez the co-MVP with Jake Scott. Jacob E Scott III (born July 20, 1945 in Greenwood, South Carolina) is a former American football free safety and " Larry Csonka also said he thought Fernandez should have been the MVP. Lawrence Richard Csonka (born December 25, 1946) is an American former collegiate and professional Running back in American football The MVP was selected by Dick Schaap, the editor of Sport magazine. Richard J Schaap ( September 27, 1931 &ndash December 21, 2001) was an American sportswriter SPORT magazine was the original major general interest American sports magazine Schaap admitted later that he had been out late the previous night, struggled to watch the defense-dominated game, and was not aware that Fernandez had 17 tackles. Fernandez also recorded a sack against the Redskins QB Billy Kilmer.
"Winning the car never entered my mind until I heard that Jake won it," Fernandez said in the January 1974 issue of SPORT magazine. "I was happy for Jake, he played a helluva game for a guy who was healthy but he had two bad shoulders. "
The following year, Fernandez recorded 5 tackles and 1 sack in Super Bowl VIII against the Minnesota Vikings. Two years earlier, Fernandez recorded 6 tackles, 1 sack and recovered a fumble in the Dolphins loss to the Cowboys. In his three Super Bowls Fernandez recorded three sacks and 28 tackles.
For his career Fernandez had 35 career sacks, a high number for a nose tackle, with a career-high of 8 in 1971, which led the Dolphins.  In Dolphin history only one nose tackle (Bob Baumhower - 39. Robert Glenn Baumhower (born August 4, 1955 in Portsmouth Virginia) is a former American football player who played college football for 5) recorded more sacks. Fernandez recorded 5. 5 sacks in post-season play which is currently 3rd in Dolphins history behind defensive ends Kim Bokamper (8) and Trace Armstrong (6). Kim Bokamper (born 1954 is a former American Football Linebacker who played his entire nine year career with the National Football League Miami Raymond Lester Armstrong III (born October 5, 1965 in Bethesda Maryland) is a former American Football Defensive end who was a first-round
Fernandez was 2nd team All-pro in 1970 and 1973, and an All-AFC selection in 1971 and a second-team All-AFC choice in 1972 and 1973, marking four consecutive season with post-season honors. Fernandez is also credited with being one of the first nose tackles in the NFL, since the Dolphins played the famed "53" defense (which was a 3-4 defense) in 1972 through 1974, which put Manny over the center. Likely, no team played the 3-4 defense more until the New England Patriots when went to the 3-4 full-time in 1974.
In 2007 was voted to the Dolphins All-Time team.  Fernandez had previously been voted to the 1990 Dolphins Silver Anniversary Team that celebrated the Dolphins' 25 years in the NFL. From 1968 through 1973 Fernandez was voted as the Dolphins "Outstanding Defensive Lineman" even though Pro Bowlers like Bill Stanfill and Vern Den Herder were on the same line. William Thomas Stanfill (born January 13, 1947) is a former Defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, in the American Football League Vern Wayne Den Herder (born November 28, 1948 in Lemars Iowa) was an American football player who played twelve seasons for the Miami
In January, 2001, was named to Pro Football Weekly's All-Time Super Bowl team. Pro Football Weekly (sometimes shortened to PFW) is a popular American Sports Magazine, founded in 1967 that covers the National  In 2006, USA Today named Manny to the USA TODAY's All-time Super Bowl team. USA TODAY is a national American daily Newspaper published by the Gannett Company.