Dolphins great Bob Kuechenberg, who was part of the only team that had a perfect season, dies, 71 years old
Miami Dolphins amazing Bob Kuechenberg, who was a member of the only team that has ever reached a perfect season in NFL history, dies, 71 years old
- NFL great, Bob Kuechenberg, died Saturday; details of death were not released
- His death was confirmed Son onday morning by the Miami Dolphins in a tweet
- Kuechenberg spent his entire NFL career with the dolphins from 1970 to 1983
- He started every game for the 1972 Dolphins team that had a perfect season at 17-0
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Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg (photo in 2012), a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the only team to reach a perfect season, died at the age of 71
Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only team to reach a perfect season, died at the age of 71.
His death on Saturday was confirmed by the dolphins, who had no immediate details.
& # 39; Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Bob Kuechenberg, & # 39; the Dolphins tweeted on Sunday morning.
Kuechenberg spent his entire NFL career with the dolphins from 1970 to 1983.
He started every game for the team that went 17-0 in 1972 and started 16 games for the team that repeated as Super Bowl champions in 1973.
Kuechenberg was also an All-Pro Honor of the first team in 1978.
He played in 196 career games with 176 starts.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Kuechenberg played in Notre Dame before being summoned by the dolphins in coach Don Shula's first year with the team.
In 2013 Kuechenberg was one of the three Dolphins players of the 1972 team to reject an invitation from the then President Barack Obama.
Although it is now customary for a champion team to be invited to the White House, those visits did not happen when Miami ran the table of the season.
His death Saturday was confirmed by the dolphins, who had no immediate details
Kuechenberg (left in 1972) spent his entire NFL career with the dolphins from 1970 to 1983. Kuechenberg (right, no. 67) started every game for the team that was 17-0 in 1972 and started 16 games for the team that repeated as Super Bowl champions in 1973
At that time, Kuechenberg explained why he chose not to go.
I want to be careful, because Mama said that if you have nothing good to say about someone, then nothing says. I have nothing good to say about anyone, "he said.
The Dolphins of 1972 had 14 victories and no losses in a famous way. They won the Super Bowl that year 14-7 over a talented Washington Redskins team to finish the only perfect season in NFL history.
Members of the 1972 team greeted the New England Patriots for their first perfect season in 2007.
That year, the Patriots completed a 16-0 regular season with a hard-fought 38-35 victory over the New York Giants.
But Kuechenberg said at the time that he was rowing against the patriots.
Now the exhibition season is over and the real season starts & # 39 ;, he said then. & # 39; But my heart is dead to it. & # 39;
The brother of Kuechenberg, Rudy, also played in the NFL.
Rudy, 75, played five seasons and a linebacker for the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Kuechenberg (middle, in 1982) played in Notre Dame before being drafted by the dolphins in the first year of coach Don Shula with the team
Kuechenberg (No. 67) and defense tackle Bob Heinz (72) walk from the podium after a ceremony honoring the team during a football match against the Ravens of Baltimore on December 16, 2007