Obama and '72 Dolphins, a Salute After 40 years
WASHINGTON (AP) - During the 1972 NFL season, the Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins played 17 games without a loss. Then they went 40 years without White House acknowledgment of that unmatched feat. Until today.
President Barack Obama will host former team members and their then-coach, Hall of Famer Don Shula, at a White House recognition ceremony for the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season.
The team's star fullback, Hall of Famer Larry Csonka, is making the trip from Alaska where he hosts an outdoor television show.
The team won Super Bowl VII on Jan. 14, 1973, beating the Washington Redskins 14-7.
But in 1973 President Richard Nixon was preoccupied with the Watergate scandal, and White House salutes to sports teams were less of a tradition than now.
- Obama Asks 'Soul Searching' after Martin Shooting
- Seaworld Staff Take Part in Dolphin Rescue
- Police Officer's 3-year-old Child Drowns
- Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Dog's Death
- Fla. dog owner gets 10 years in boy's death
- Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration
- Mom Says Woman Found After 11 Years is Doing OK
- Suit: Patriots' Hernandez Shot Man in Face in Florida
- 1-Year-Old Girl Drowns in Family's Swimming Pool
- Man Gets 25 Years for Killing Woman