On Tuesday U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed the 1972 Miami Dolphins NFL football team to the White House in Washington D.C. to commemorate their one of a kind undefeated and untied season which ended with the winning of Super Bowl VII forty years ago.
“I know that some people may be asking why we’re doing this after all these years. And my answer is simple: I wanted to be the young guy up here for once,” President Obama joked.
The President remarked in his speech about the accomplishments of the 1972 Dolphins team,
In 1972, these guys were a juggernaut. They had a grinding running game that wore opponents down. They became the first team ever with two 1,000-yard rushers. They had the league’s best offense. They had the league’s best defense. They posted three shutouts. They doubled the score of their opponents eight times. And they did most of it after their outstanding Pro Bowl starting quarterback, Bob Griese, broke his leg in Week 5. And that brought in backup Earl “Old Bones” Morrall who unfortunately couldn’t be here today. As one teammate later said, ‘Earl couldn’t run and he couldn’t throw.’ But Earl could win, and that’s what he and the Dolphins did again and again and again.
Prior to 1980, championship sports teams were rarely invited to the White House for recognition of their accomplishments. President Obama explained that the accomplishments of the 1972 Dolphins team, led by Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, deserved White House commemoration.