The 2013 White House Honor
The 1972 Undefeated Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins Team Finally Honored
Ronnie Noriega,
September 3, 2013

White House Honor   The White House and President Barack Obama hosted the 1972 Undefeated Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. The 1972 Dolphins were 14-0 in the regular season that year and won all three playoff games including Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins who they held to a 14-7 victory. The 1972 Dolphins were the first and only team to achieve an undefeated season which still stands today. The 1972 Dolphins offensive unit was so strong that one of the greatest defensive units we’re simply referred to as the No Name Defense. This No Name Defense had 9 of 11 players selected to the Pro Bowl and Earl Morrall, Bill Stanfill and Dick Anderson were named First Team All Pro. The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the greatest team in American football history due to the collective efforts of Head Coach Don Shula and his staff along with the players that represented the Dolphins organization. Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross made arrangements to help the 1972 team make the trip to Washington DC including former owner Tim Robbie.

There is an urban legend that every season, whenever the last remaining undefeated NFL team loses its first game, all the surviving members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins open bottles of champagne in celebration. President Barack Obama noted that the team never got their White House visit. Four decades later in 2013, the team was invited by President Barack Obama to visit the White House. As to why this team had not been invited by Nixon back in 1973, Larry Csonka stated that he did not feel neglected as it had not been a regular occurrence at the time. However, MSNBC reported that this was a deliberate snub by Nixon who was a Redskins fan. Obama had previously invited the 1985 Chicago Bears to the Whitehouse, as their visit had gotten cancelled due to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. President Obama, a Chicago native and Bears fan, had called them the greatest team ever, but during the Dolphins' visit he called his own words into question, also noting that the only loss the 1985 Chicago Bears had was to the Miami Dolphins. Go Dolphins...

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