DAVIE, Fla. -- Denny Sym, aka "Dolfan Denny," who cheered
on the Miami Dolphins for 34 years as a one-man sideline show, has
died. He was 72.
Sym died Friday, his wife Ingrid said. He had been battling
kidney disease and cancer for several years.
Sym led Miami crowds in cheers and chants in his glittering
orange and aqua hat since the Dolphins' first game in 1966,
starting in the stands.
In 1976, then team owner Joe Robbie asked Denny to move down to
the field as the team's official motivator, paying him $50 a game.
Sym was the second well-known fan to die recently. Wilford
"Crazy Ray" Jones, the boisterous Dallas Cowboys fan who
energized crowds for decades with his cowboy getup and sideline
cheerleading, died Saturday. He was 76.
Sym retired in 2000, saying his age and constant heckling by
belligerent fans helped him decide to leave.
"He never lost his love for football," Ingrid Sym said.