‘Perfect’ 1972 Dolphins team members snub Obama’s invite


While President Barack Obama wants to show his love for the phenomenal 1972 Miami Dolphins football team, at least three of its members aren’t showing the love back. They refuse to appear for a Tuesday White House tribute.

The Dolphins are the only team in National Football League history to win the Super Bowl with a perfect season. Some of the members of that championship team have decided to snub the White House event honoring the team.

“We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington,” Hall of Fame center Jim Langer told the Sun-Sentinel, according to NewsMax. “I don’t want to be in a room with those people and pretend I’m having a good time. I can’t do that. If that [angers] people, so be it.”

“I think it’s great if [other players] want to have that function at the White House,” Langer said when the idea was first broached a year ago. “I have other stuff to do.”

Former offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg was more circumspect with his comments.

“I want to be careful, because mom said if you have nothing good to say about someone, then don’t say anything,” he said “I don’t have anything good to say about someone,” but added:

“I just don’t believe in this administration at all. So I don’t belong. Anyone on the left or the right has to respect one man’s opinion.” He said he’ll take his grandson fishing instead.

Manny Fernandez, NFL’s “Unsung Player of the Year” in 1973, was plain-spoken in his remarks: “I’ll just say my views are diametrically opposed to the president’s. Enough said. Let’s leave it at that. I hope everyone enjoys the trip who goes.”

NewsMax reported:

Obama is scheduled Tuesday to welcome the 1972 Dolphins to honor the only team — then or now — to go 17-0. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula is expected to accompany the players, and Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti told the NewYork Daily News the event was “a long time coming, but we’re finally getting there.”

The ’72 Dolphins didn’t make it to the White House in the months after their Super Bowl victory because President Nixon was immersed in the Watergate scandal.

Two other members, as yet unidentified, are wavering on making an appearance, for the same political reasons.

Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk dnd Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas nixed earlier White House tributes. Birk, because of Obama’s pro-choice stance and Thomas because the government “has grown out of control, threatening the rights, liberties, and property of the people.”

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19 thoughts on “‘Perfect’ 1972 Dolphins team members snub Obama’s invite

  1. Doug says:

    Another nonissue. If you’re uncomfortable don’t go.

  2. porktheotherwhitemeat says:

    stand by your principles

  3. Bern says:

    And well over 40 Dolphins had enough respect for the Office of the President and President Obama to attend the ceremony. Kind of like enough Americans voted for him to elect him twice! Can’t believe with all the real issues in the world, you chose to write a story about this! Sad! Don’t you have some fake birth certificates to look for?

    1. Tom Doyle says:

      Yep was waiting for a troll to comment and you didnt let me down you jackass.

      1. Mlm46 says:

        Thanks for saying that so well! LOL

  4. Doug says:

    My sources tell me Garo Yepremian fumbled his hors d’oeuvres and kicked them under the table.

  5. Clyde Bower says:

    The ’72 Dolphins were my favorite sports team ever and the ones that I still hold up as how a team is supposed to be.
    It’s good to see that some of them still have moral compasses that allow them to place their feelings on the direction of our Country over a few moments of adoration from someone that is trying to put himself in a better light by association with those that deserve to be held in high esteem!

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