Springfield Native Among ’72 Dolphins Honored at White House
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WGGB) — It took 40 years, but members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins finally received their White House moment.
President Obama welcomed former team members and their then-coach Hall of Famer Don Shula to the White House Tuesday.
It was all in recognition of their perfect season and they remain the only NFL team to pull off that feat.
“I know this is a little bit unorthodox four decades after the fact, but these guys never got their White House visit after winning Super Bowl VII. Some of them are a little harder to recognize these days. They don’t have the afros, the mutton chops, the Fu Manchus,” the President commented.
Springfield native Nick Buoniconti was there today too.
His ’72 Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins in the January 1973 Super Bowl, but at that time, President Richard Nixon was preoccupied with the Watergate scandal.
The White House salutes to sports teams were less of a tradition then than they are now.