December 14, 2012 in Sports

1972 Dolphins gather to gloat

Associated Press

MIAMI – Don Shula had the 1972 Miami Dolphins over to his house for dinner Thursday to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of their perfect season.

“It’s going to be a wonderful evening for me to have them walk through the door,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach said beforehand. “I can check them in and weigh them in and have them run gassers and the 12-minute run, and make life miserable for them remembering what I put them through.”

The dinner is among the festivities this week for the 1972 team, which will be honored at the Dolphins game against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Led by such Hall of Famers as Bob Griese, Larry Csonka and Paul Warfield, the ’72 Dolphins went 17-0 – still the only unbeaten, untied team in NFL history.

“I never thought it would happen that we would be the only team,” Hall of Fame guard Larry Little said. “Then 10 years went by, 20 years went by, 30 years went by. Now 40 years. And maybe 10 years from now, we’ll all be in wheelchairs and it still may not have happened.”

Quarterback Earl Morrall, at 78, is the team’s oldest player.

Most of the team was expected to attend this week’s events.

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