Tuesday, August 20, 2013

1972 Perfect Dolphins Team Honored by the Prez

((ht: sun-sentinel.com))

We like this story. Well, most of it anyway.

The legendary, undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins got an honor that not many pro sports teams get. They got an audience with the president.

And for a die-hard, grew up rooting for them and still do Dolphins fan like me, this was way cool.

Seeing now 83-year old Don Shula on stage with Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris and others brought a smile to my face, the presidents face and if you are a football fan, hopefully yours.

For those of you old enough to remember, the 72 Dolphins are still the only team in NFL history to make through the regular season and playoffs undefeated and they went on to win the Super Bowl with a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins.

31 players, Coach Shula, former Assistant Howard Schnellenberger and others made the trip, one that the original team didn't get to make.

The reason: back when this happened, the nation was in the midst of the Watergate scandal and the White House just plain didn't make a habit of inviting athletes at that time.

Read more about the event from the Miami Herald RIGHT HERE

We salute the 'Fins as well, and I will sheepishly admit, though I was very young...7-years old, at the time this happened, I did attend a game during that season. We lived in Hollywood, Florida at the time and my father's company had seasons tickets.

Yes, it was at the old Orange Bowl, a stadium that is hard to describe if you've never been to, but suffice to say it was an old, rickety, metallic piece of junk in a crappy part of town.

But we went.

That's where my love of the Dolphins began and as you ALL know, you can't change your love from your favorite childhood team.

The Associated Press with video of today's events:

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