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Open Letter to Ryan Fitzpatrick – Signed Dolphins Fans

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dear Ryan,

You signed with the Dolphins at a time when we needed you most. After 20 previous quarterbacks since the great Dan Marino, you proudly took the challenge to lead a rebuilding team.

From the day you signed with the Dolphins many clamored for the team to “Tank for Tua.” You kept your head high, beard long, and led the Dolphins to a win in five of their last seven games of 2019. Not to mention you capped it all off by sleighing the dragon in New England. You set Tom Brady on a path out of Foxborough with the 27-24 season finale victory over the Patriots.

Some people even said Josh Rosen was “The Chosen One,” and you tried to help him too. But as he faltered, you used your magic to build a winning foundation in Miami.

Your leadership elevated the Dolphins from any chances at the first overall pick. However, Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins were destined to write their story together. 

You are the most gracious leader and mentor that anyone could ask for. If Tua is successful, he will be sure to owe some of his success to you. 

This year you made Dolphins’ fan believe. After a 3-3 start and second place in the AFC East, not a day goes by without someone mentioning Dolphins and playoffs in the same sentence. This is all because of you and your imprint on the organization. 

As you pass the torch on to Tua, please know that Miami fans will never forget you. Your magic might be just what was needed to break the curse and return the Dolphins to glory.

Thank you for bringing the magic back to the real Magic City!

PS: If you sign with the Patriots next year we take it all back

Lead Writer for primarily covering the Miami Dolphins. Jamie is a lifelong sports fan and a student of the game. Jamie religiously attends Dolphins Home Games and considers Miami the coolest city on the planet. You can follow Jamie on Twitter @TheJamieBahamas and Instagram @JamieBahamas



  1. Anonymous

    October 22, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Fitz stay focused n ready . Keep your support up high as u have . Bad timing for ya Fitz Thank You for all ya done so far

    • Orlando Alonso

      October 22, 2020 at 10:10 pm

      Ryan, not only have you make an impact on the Dolphins, but also with the fan’s. You are all class and our hart hurt for you. You will never be forgotten bcs you are the reason this team is in this position. I hope you will stick around.

      God bless you and your family.

      Long time Dolphins fan.

      • Carlos Lewis

        October 23, 2020 at 12:49 pm

        Come man it over don’t to here it no more

        • Carlos Lewis

          October 23, 2020 at 12:54 pm

          Yall really think he was that good come on man

          • John milo

            October 23, 2020 at 9:44 pm

            Love ya Fitzy please stay on, I even see a coaching spot for you here in miami. Thank you for everything but I dont think it’s over yet lol.
            Thank you
            Capt. JL Milo key west

          • Codie Roper

            January 22, 2021 at 12:01 pm

            You’d be surprised he not only holds records, but he’s also one of the most humble people to play, which is why you might not think he’s good. But look what he did everywhere he played even if you wanted to call it 50/50 that’s still better than most or even all of the starters he came in for. Skill wise sure he’s not tom or lamar. But look at how wentz reacted to being sat for a much more productive qb, but look how fitz reacted when he was sat for tua he didn’t beg for a trade he didn’t look unhappy on the sideline. He was a great team player and he always put everything on the field. You may think that doesn’t account for a mistake here or there but as a coach I know that’s what you want from a player. If there humble and always ready to be better. You can mold that. You can’t mold people who already have their mind made up after they worked out kinks he won his last five starts. You wouldn’t ask if Brady is that good if he had a rocky start with his new team would you (Not comparing to Brady just comparisons based on the season). He is good on the level of the nfl if he wasn’t he wouldn’t have played in the nfl as long as he has, but he is a GREAT human being and a role model that any fan should want teaching there kids and the rest of their home team.

        • Dan

          October 24, 2020 at 11:39 pm

          Shit your dumb ass up!

      • Gene

        October 23, 2020 at 7:07 pm

        Enjoyed watching fitz ball the team loved playing for him. Love his heart and love for the game.wish the switch wasn’t made .

      • Bruce Crouse

        October 25, 2020 at 12:49 am

        Thank you mr. Fitzpatrick, you rock! We are so blessed to have you as part of the dolphins. 😁👍

    • Manuel Fernandez

      October 23, 2020 at 10:54 am

      AMEN FITZ!!!

    • Carlos Lewis

      October 23, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Come on with this bull sports is sports

    • Chad Mckay

      October 24, 2020 at 4:18 am

      Ryan, you will always be the magic/ Fitzmagic that brings back greatness to Miami. You are truly a great quarterback,mentor,friend of miami,and Freind to all Miami fans. I pray and hope you continue to help groom and mentor tua to the quarterback a) Miami fans deserve. I would never say you couldn’t reach the ultimate achievement in the NFL winning the Superbowl. I hope and pray even though circumstances maybe not where you might have hoped nor any fan might of ever thought. Fitz just no we love you man! We all hope you can be there for Tua and help keep the ship a float and going in the right direction. Love, all Miami fans PERIOD

    • DB

      November 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Fitz, you’re a class act and have enjoyed watching you play. You’re love for the game is contiguous and not happy with your benching. I know this is a business but as a fan of the dolphins since 1969 I’m disappointed. you’re awesome! Best of luck.

  2. Mark Doyle

    October 22, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    It is OK to love more than one quarterback. This is extra hard because of the great work and courage we have seen from Ryan Fitzpatrick. If Tua is practicing like the best college QB in the last decade Flores would be wrong not to play him. Hopefully Miami can find some plays for Fitz, we love to watch him play too.

  3. Jamie Kyle

    October 22, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for everything Fitz. We love you man xx

    • Bruce Crouse

      October 25, 2020 at 12:51 am

      Thank you mr. Fitzpatrick, you rock! We are so blessed to have you as part of the dolphins. 😁👍

  4. Duane

    October 22, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Perfectly said….

  5. tim

    October 22, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Spot on Love ya Fitz!

  6. Jezzsterboy

    October 22, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Brilliant post Jamie and I’m sure any true Dolphins fan agrees with this 100%!!!!

    Fitz you’re a completely class act in a Dolphins uniform, and we all (should!!!!?) love you!!!

    Beard up, and Phins Up!!!!

  7. Michael

    October 22, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for all you have done for this team

    • Carl Gies

      October 22, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      Yeah Fitzmagic. Love your style, competitiveness and flair

  8. William

    October 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for all you have done fitsmagic love is love phins up

  9. Ron Frey

    October 22, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for making it fun [email protected]

  10. Michael Leonard Wise

    October 22, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Enjoyed watching Fitz play last year and this year but TUA was drafted to be the future of this team and his time has come. This isn’t only about TUA this is about developing the team and them learning to play as a team. He needs to grow with this offense and the offense needs to grow with him. Hopefully Fitz can remain with the team as a player coach type. Fitz new what he was getting into when he signed with Miami lasy year. If he let his EGO tell him different that’s on him.

    • Garry B.

      October 23, 2020 at 10:31 am

      You’re stupid. I agree with the letter, but I dont agree with HOW it was done. Tasteless, poorly, with no firm leadership acumen whatsoever. Love fins and will support them, but I am not a Flores fan…at all.

    • Frank Wilson

      October 24, 2020 at 8:03 am

      Garbage Garbage Garbage!!!! Fritz should or starter period. He prove himself broken Tua hasn’t shown me anything.

  11. Anonymous

    October 22, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    With all the great Dolphins that we have had from the existence of this organization. FITZ you are in my Dolphins Hall Of Fame. You have been a ray of light in our darkest time. THANK YOU! WE LOVE YOU FITZ MAGIC!

  12. Jarod Tulanowski

    October 22, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks for all you have done for this team. You Da Man!!! Please stay and be our QB coach

  13. Gene cook

    October 22, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for giving us some magic, and showythe young guys how to leave it all on the field. A Dolphins fan from Youngstown Ohio

  14. Dan Riley

    October 22, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks Ryan Fitzpatrick, Really do appreciate you!!!!

  15. D3

    October 22, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    None of us fans want to see you go anywhere and we are surprised and a bit embarrassed about this as well. You are loved in Miami and around the country by Dolfans no matter what happens next. I don’t blame you if you hate us for this, I hope it doesn’t come to that.

  16. Anonymous

    October 22, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    We hope to have you as a Miami coach.

    • Anonymous

      October 22, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      Now that’s a great Idea !!!!

  17. Michael planty

    October 22, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for everything that you have done to make the dolphin and exciting team this year we love you

    • Andy

      October 23, 2020 at 8:31 am

      To Fitz, i have been a Dolphins fan since 1970,you are the best quarterback they have had since Marino, that is my opinion. I think they made a mistake by not letting you continue to run theteam, wish i could meet you in Person, Andy in Ocala

      • Anonymous

        October 23, 2020 at 12:46 pm

        Yeah right

  18. Mike

    October 22, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for everything that you have done for the Dolphins and making the Dolphins and exciting team this year

  19. Jon Becker

    October 22, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Class act on and off the field. Good player. Loves the game. Incredible leader and example for the rest of the team. Appreciate you man! You knew your time was limited but it’s still difficult I am sure. The team loves you and knows who you are. You’re a winner and a true professional.

  20. Anonymous

    October 22, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    He’ll get a chance to go back in…

  21. Michael Catania

    October 22, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Ryan, I must say your a true man on so many levels. You inspire and have made many people look inside themselves to see how of you is inside. I found I need more of what you are. Your a great leader. A great player and human being. A class act. You got this team to play football. You will always be the starter because it’s you started it! Thank You for Ryan Fitzpatrick!!! 🙏

  22. Michael Catania

    October 22, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Ryan, I must say your a true man on so many levels. You inspire and have made many people look inside themselves to see how of you is inside. I found I need more of what you are. Your a great leader. A great player and human being. A class act. You got this team to play football. You will always be the starter because it’s you who started it! Thank You for Ryan Fitzpatrick!🙏

  23. Tim

    October 22, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Very well written- this is the take ALL REAL DOLFANS should have & the National media should focus on what Fitz has & will continue to do to singlehandedly turn this locker room around. Instead of only focusing on a clickbait single quote where he opened up as a human. Disgrace his last start is being criticized by fans, a damn shame. Thank you for this letter

  24. John Waters

    October 22, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    We might see you again sooner rather than later so keep the cleats warm.

  25. Anonymous

    October 22, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    i’ve a dolphin fan since 1969. and i will remember you always. hope you will be around forever. the dolphins need you.

  26. Anonymous

    October 22, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    You are a awesome player love the way you play the game. Possibly the best teammate and example of being professional that there is. Best of luck and appreciate you Fitz! Hold ya head up high! God bless you

  27. Elise

    October 22, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you Fitzmagic! For everything. I looked you when you played for Buffalo(my hubby is a Bills fan) and loved you even more when you brought your magic here. Stay who you are, and best of luck!

  28. Shawn Blackmer

    October 22, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Ryan FITZMAGIC, thanks for guiding our team. You are a true professional and one helluva gutsy player. When I look for examples of players to show what it means to play with heart, to give it your all, and have fun doing it…you are at the top of the list. Thank you.

  29. Lynne Lamb

    October 22, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    It was a beautiful letter and very well said. I really enjoyed Fitznagixc and will miss him.

  30. William Baumann

    October 22, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Hey buddy you are one of the best and I really hope the DOLPHINS listen to their fans
    I have been a fan since 1968 and I been through thick and thin never left never will because I bleed aqua and orange .So hang in their Fitz Magic we believe in you

  31. Jeyben

    October 22, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    This right here!!! From D3 above is what we all feel. “None of us fans want to see you go anywhere and we are surprised and a bit embarrassed about this as well. You are loved in Miami and around the country by Dolfans no matter what happens next. I don’t blame you if you hate us for this, I hope it doesn’t come to that.“

  32. Todd

    October 22, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    I always liked Fritz even when he didnt play for us , he was all heart, and played with fire in him . I hope you stick around the dolphins organization , at least as a very qualified backup, who knows when we will need you again ! Any given sunday you could be needed to step in and win games for us and put it all out there on the field. Your a value to us even when not on the field but as a great mentor for the future of this team .

  33. Sue

    October 22, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t think tua is ready so be ready to jump in When they realize that.Bbefore the first half is over You will take us to the play offs

  34. Jayvee

    October 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Love you Fitz . Hope Tua is 100%

  35. Gary Grimes

    October 22, 2020 at 7:49 pm


    I have been a Dolphin fan since the perfect season. I love the way you played the game and the way you represented the team. No matter what happens now, please know you have earned the respect of us fans and we greatly appreciate what you’ve done to remake the image of this organization as a winner. Take care and God Bless you and your family!

  36. Michael L Pratt Sr

    October 22, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you very much Mr Fitzpatrick! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you play! I swear I hate this happened! I could have waited for Tua! The is special but so are you! God is prepping you and when he calls your number, he knows you’ll be ready. Keep your head high! You represent a lot of guys who could only dream of being in your shoes!

  37. Blu Jones

    October 22, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    No BS on the Patriot move but loved every minute you played

  38. A-Rod

    October 22, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Well stated and from the heart of all of us Dolphin fans! 🐬👏🏾

  39. Daniel Shelton

    October 22, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you Fitz!! The Sheltons in Atlanta Love you and your family!!

  40. Gary

    October 22, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks fitz your leadership and balls to the wall mentality have left an impression on all the true dye hard dolfans.every time i saw you take off running when we need a first down and not slide feet first…made me appriciate your dedication and leadership to the team even more.we understand the heart ache you feel…with your leadership and dedication YOU have made this team believe.

    Please know that you might not be done yet…as you always have mentor our young QB…and be ready we may call on you again in a time of need.

    My only hope is this season leads us to the playoffs and dare i say a superbowl… heart hopes that is the case and we can get your that super bowl ring you DESERVE.

    Thanks for bringing you magic to our team!!!

  41. Brian Eck

    October 22, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    All I can say is you gave this team a heart when it didn’t have much love fitz

  42. Bob Pierce

    October 22, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    The sheer and obvious joy you brought to the game made my non-football fan wife want to watch Dolphins’ games for the first time. You made this team exciting even in defeat. You are the template all QB’s, hell, all people should follow. You are the embodiment of teamwork, grace, and determination. You will be my favorite QB, and I was there for Griese, Strock, Woodley, Marino, all of them. It’s because of who you are as a person as well as a fighting QB.

  43. Mark Mclaughlin

    October 22, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you Mr. Fitzmagic for all you have done for our Miami Dolphins. You are an inspiration to all younger generations to come! Your have given your entire heart and soul to our team and for that I applaud you!!
    Thank You from EVERY Dolphins fan everywhere.
    #14 is a legend in Miami !!

  44. Johnny Blaze

    October 23, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Thanks Fitz, You made it fun to watch even when rebuilding and everyone was doubting the dolphins. Thanks for the hope and joy you brought to all of us. Looking forward to seeing you stick around I hope.

  45. Jimbo

    October 23, 2020 at 2:02 am

    Fitz I share your feelings as a fan of this team all my life I have never been as proud as I have been watching you play for my team. I dont understand why the switch and neither does the coach. Media and ownership made this call to sell the decisions that they are accountable for. As a fan of this team for longer than all of them I know all you needed was some protection and relief in the run game for us to be great. Shame on you Criss Grier Shame on you. The teams fans are part of this team more than your ever will be. And we believe Ryan Fitzpatrick gives us the best chance to win. Tua time is a slogan not reality. Hes a great college QB but not even close to the caliber of Ryan Fitzpatrick not yet and not this year this ain’t alabama these guys have jobs not a free ride through school

  46. Arquimedes Constantiny

    October 23, 2020 at 2:42 am

    We love you FITZMAGIC, support you, and cherish every moment you have done in the playing field your a Class A player man, and i am so excited that you are our backup QB it doesn’t get any better than that your the best player we mean it! GO DOLPHINS 4LIFE!

  47. Robert Brown

    October 23, 2020 at 6:39 am

    Dear Fitz you my guy are one hell of a guy and awesome player.Week in week out I saw you leave it all on the field setting an example to players how to have fun and play the game!I really enjoyed watching you play especially when you score and hype had me at home feeling the same.I hope they keep you around in some capacity maybe a QB coach idk but we need that fire that energy in the building.So to you Sir thanks again and may the number 14 never be forgotten!


    October 23, 2020 at 7:08 am


  49. Roy Caple

    October 23, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Soooo well said this man will not be forgotten! We love ya man!! Thankyou for giving us a bright spot again! Tour heart was in it and our hearts are with you! Hang in there with us! You never know whaogoing to happen on that field!! Love ya man!!

  50. Christopher E Mabry

    October 23, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Thanks Fitz , the one problem we have is that all though your attitude and love for football is a great thing and has definitely rubbed off on the team , you being a leader of the game veteran of the game you should know better than to start turmoil with the man who’s going to take your job not because you’re not a good quarterback but this is his destiny to put turmoil in the locker room and to make Tua feel bad as much as he looks up to you it’s not good for the team and honestly I don’t feel you should be there anymore thank you sir dolphin fan…

  51. Luke DeLeo

    October 23, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Ryan Fitzpatrick.. you made watching Dolphin games fun..exciting..and made me proud to be a fan. Through all that, I became a Ryan Fitzpatrick fan.. thank you for pouring your heart, soul, and physical sacrifice out there every week. Your children should be proud of what you did.. and Tua is damn lucky to have a MAN.. be his mentor. I don’t usually write on things like this, but Buddy your worth it! Oh, and my boys 6 & 8 told me “Wow Dad, the Dolphins aren’t sucking”. That’s you man! Fans appreciate your heart, and wherever you go I will be a Fitzpatrick fan. Thanks bud!

    • sandy duggar

      October 23, 2020 at 11:43 am

      i still think Flores made a BIG mistake.i hope he has to eat his words.:(

  52. Tony Hatfield

    October 23, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Thanks for bringing hope back to our franchise Ryan! You are an awesome quarterback and human being. Hope to see you on our team for a lot longer.

  53. Ellen

    October 23, 2020 at 9:39 am

    I’d like to sign that letter. You were just what we needed

  54. Billy Givens

    October 23, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Now that it’s “Tua Time” I hope the Play Calling improves. The 2nd half of the Jet game was a Offensive disaster!Difficulty on 3rd & 1, 3rd & 2s, 3rd & 3s was repulsive. Why not unleash the Wildcat and atleast try to get a 1st down, jet sweeps, mis directions plays,man in motion,Something other than the basics!!Take a page out of the Kansas City Playbook please!!!!!

  55. Billy Givens

    October 23, 2020 at 11:19 am

    And when you finally come to your senses “Coach” It’s time to utilize Lynn Bowden & Malcolm Perry with that Kansas City Playbook and take some of the pressure off TUA. It’s not Rocket Science! You got playmakers! Time to use them or Reretire Gailey!!!!The more points you score can offset the Awful Referring!

  56. Billy Givens

    October 23, 2020 at 11:35 am

    What happened to Flea Flickers,Reverses,Double Reverses? Open up the Damn Playbook!!!!! You got 2 weeks to practice! Pratice???Shout out to Allen Iverson!Come on Dolphin Fans,help me pressure the Coaches to do their Damn Jobs!Coach!!!!I don’t want to see another 2nd half like I saw last week.That Weekend at Bernies “OFFENSE” was down right “OFFENSIVE”!!!!!

  57. tbig

    October 23, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Couldn’t of said that any better!! Hats off to you Fitz!! You’re the best!!

  58. Gary Beasley

    October 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Fitzmagic you sir are a real class act. Your selflessness is illuminating. I pray that if you do retire that the Phins keep you on in some, ie. Coaching position or Coordinator, your enthusiasm for the game is contagious. God be with you always.

  59. Jason Kelley

    October 23, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you

  60. Jeannie Jalbert

    October 23, 2020 at 6:59 pm


  61. Jay Weeks

    October 23, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Fitz, stay focused… your biggest job is now ahead of you. Your accomplishments… far more than most. We appreciate you more than you can know. PhinNation has been waiting too long for a young franchise QB. To have a legend as yourself help develop and teach a talented young genuine person; like yourself (not quite as young), is definitely a gift. You’ve made your legacy so thank you for everything. But again, stay ready!

  62. Scott White

    October 24, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Fitz I’ll admit I wasn’t happy at first when we got you. Now I have so much respect for you. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.

  63. Aaron Potter

    October 24, 2020 at 3:31 am

    Dude..I’ve been a Miami Dolphins fan for 36 yrs now…and you have been an insperation to me since you have taken over as our QB…just chill out and hang loose Bro🤙…ask to go to DALLAS. .FUCK IT

  64. Shorty

    October 24, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Ryan, you came to Miami knowing what we were…You! Sometimes we got the magic, but it never gets us to the Big Game.

  65. Caleb Budziszewski Radell

    October 24, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Fitz you have been wonderful for this Dolphins team! We would all like to see you stick around but at the end of the day you do what’s right for you, thank you so much!

  66. John Petta

    October 24, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Very well said. Fitzpatrick has definitely helped put the team on the right track. Lets hope the drama is behind us.

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