The Miami Dolphins treat stadium names like quarterbacks, changing them often. Beginning this week, the team's home is Sun Life Stadium.
A five-year naming rights agreement with Toronto-based Sun Life Financial was confirmed at a news conference Wednesday at the stadium.
The name change takes effect in time for Miami’s upcoming high-profile games – the Pro Bowl next week, and the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.
The stadium opened in 1987 as Joe Robbie Stadium, named for the Dolphins’ founding owner. It has also been Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium and — since last May — Land Shark Stadium.
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Browns hire Gilbertson
New Cleveland president Mike Holmgren has reached into his Seattle roots, hiring Keith Gilbertson and A.J. Durso in the personnel department.
Gilbertson is the Browns’ director of pro personnel. He previously spent four seasons in multiple capacities with the Seahawks, where he worked with Holmgren. Gilbertson was the coach at the University of Washington from 2003-04.
Durso will scout for the Browns. He was as an assistant to Holmgren in Seattle.
Pro Bowl update
New England quarterback Tom Brady pulled out of the Pro Bowl after a season in which he played with rib and finger injuries. He has been replaced by Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans.
San Francisco running back Frank Gore has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl squad, replacing injured Rams running back Steven Jackson (back). New York Giants receiver Steve Smith will replace Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (knee) on the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Titans center Kevin Mawae, president of the NFL Players Association, told a congressional subcommittee that players expect to be locked out by team owners in 2011. Mawae played for the Seahawks from 1994-97. ... The Redskins hired Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur as quarterbacks coach and Jon Embree as tight ends coach.