On Tuesday, August 20, the President will welcome the undefeated 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins to the White House for the first White House ceremony honoring their historic season.
“The entire Miami Dolphin organization is very excited and appreciative that the 1972 “Perfect Season” team is going to be honored by President Obama at the White House," Dolphins Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross said. "By going undefeated all year en route to a Super Bowl championship, the ’72 Dolphins reached the pinnacle of sports achievement and set a standard for excellence that has yet to be duplicated. In addition, Coach Shula and his players were just as successful off the field in their charitable and civic activities, becoming role models for the South Florida community. The players and coaches are most deserving of this unique honor, and they are looking forward to their trip to the White House and their ceremony with the President.”
“I’m honored that the accomplishments of the 1972 Dolphins are going to be recognized by the President with a ceremony at the White House," Coach Shula said. "It is a very special occasion and I know it’s something that all of us will enjoy and remember.”
The 1972 Dolphins, who are the only NFL team to win the Super Bowl with a perfect season, went 14–0 in the regular season and won all three post-season games, including Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins, to finish 17–0.
During the season, starting quarterback Bob Griese’s ankle was broken in Week 5 as he was sacked by San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Ron East and defensive end Deacon Jones. He was replaced by veteran Earl Morrall for the rest of the regular season. Griese returned to the field as a substitute during the AFC Championship game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and then started for Miami in Super Bowl VII. On the ground, running backs Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris became the first teammates to each rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Paul Warfield led the receivers, averaging over 20 yards per catch on 29 receptions. The offensive line included future Hall of Fame members Jim Langer and Larry Little and Pro Bowler Norm Evans.
The 1972 Dolphins defensive unit, called the No-Name Defense because Miami’s impressive offense received much more publicity, was the league’s best that year. It was led by linebacker Nick Buoniconti, end Bill Stanfill, tackle Manny Fernandez, and safeties Dick Anderson and Jake Scott. In all, nine players — Csonka, Morris, wide receiver Paul Warfield, Little, Evans, Buoniconti, Stanfill, Anderson and Scott — were selected to the Pro Bowl, and Morrall, Stanfill and Anderson were named 1st team All-Pro.