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Edward Kenneth Newman (born June 4, 1951) is a former All-Pro offensive guard who, from 1973 to 1984, played 167 games over 12 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.[1][2][3] He is now a judge in Florida.

Ed Newman
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Personal information
Born: (1951-06-04) June 4, 1951 (age 68)
Brooklyn, New York
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Syosset (NY)
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 6 / Pick: 156
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:167
Games Started:113
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early lifeEdit

Newman was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Syosset, New York, and Woodbury, New York, and is Jewish.[4][5] Once, when asked how he got up for a goal-line stand, he responded with a Yiddish word to describe the process, saying: "You gotta suck it up from the kishkes."[4][5] He played high school football and wrestled for Syosset High School in the late 1960s.[6]

College career in football and wrestlingEdit

He first played for Florida Atlantic,[7] and then enrolled in 1969 at Duke University on an athletic scholarship. He participated or Duke in two sports: twice earning All Conference honors in football as an offensive lineman and defensive lineman, and twice as a heavyweight wrestler winning the ACC heavyweight championship.[5] He was a Football All-American in 1971, and a Football All-ACC in 1971 and 1972.[8] In 1973, Newman graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.[9]

Football careerEdit

The Miami Dolphins drafted Newman in the sixth round of the 1973 NFL Draft.

In his football career, the Dolphins went to three Super Bowls: Minnesota Vikings (1973 win), Washington Redskins (1982 loss), and San Francisco 49'ers (1984 loss); and Newman was a three-time All Pro and was selected by his peers to the Pro Bowl four times (1981, 1982, 1983, and 1984).[2][8] He did not play the 1985 season with his third serious knee injury, after having overcome thyroid cancer earlier in his career.[10] A knee injury in his 13th season with the Dolphins in 1985 ended his career.[8]

During his pro career, he worked as an assistant coach of the Florida International University wrestling team in the off-season.[11]

During his NFL career, Newman spearheaded a community drive for blood donations on behalf of the South Florida Blood Service. This and other charitable efforts resulted in the renaming of Northwest 17th Street (Miami, Florida) to "Ed Newman Street."[12]


Newman was inducted into the Duke Athletic Hall of Fame, the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in the Wingate Institute, outside of Netanya, in Israel.[13] He was also inducted, alongside a host of other former Miami Dolphins players, into the St. Thomas University (FL) Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. He was inducted into the Dolphins Walk of Fame in 2014.[14]

Law careerEdit

In 1984, while playing pro football by day, Newman enrolled in the night division of the University of Miami Law School.[15][14] After graduating in 1987, Newman practiced law as a litigation attorney for seven years. In 1994, Newman was elected County Court Judge in Miami, Florida, and began his first term in January 1995. He presently serves at the Richard E. Gerstein Criminal Justice Building alongside his bailiff and former Dolphins teammate Tony Nathan.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Newman married his wife Cathy in 1977. They have two daughters – Stephani and Holly Newman.

Newman serves on the Miami Dolphins Alumni Board of Directors, the University of Miami – School of Law – Alumni Board, and the Board of Transition, Inc.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and The 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. SP Books. 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Baseballs, Basketballs and Matzah Balls: What Sports Can Teach Us about the Jewish Holidays... and Vice Versa. 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Ed Newman Stats |
  4. ^ a b Woolen Stocking Tales - The New York Times
  5. ^ a b c The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports ... - Peter S. Horvitz - Google Books
  6. ^ A Super Bowl High School
  7. ^ 1974 Miami Dolphins Roster and Results on
  8. ^ a b c Edward K. Newman - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site -
  9. ^ Miami Dolphins All-Time Top 100 Players: 22. Ed Newman - SB Nation Tampa Bay
  10. ^ SPORTS PEOPLE; Miami's Newman Quits - The New York Times
  11. ^ Dolphins: Judge Ed Newman another success story - Sun Sentinel
  12. ^ Jewish Post 18 September 1985 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program
  13. ^ Newman, Ed : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum
  14. ^ a b Still teammates: Former Dolphins Tony Nathan and Ed Newman a force in court | Miami Herald
  15. ^ Three years out of the NFL, he’s about to graduate from law school - The Washington Post

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