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Some members of '72 Dolphins refuse White House invite

Posted by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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Good news: On Tuesday, the White House will honor the 1972 Dolphins, the NFL's last undefeated team, because, really, that group doesn't get enough attention.

Bad news: At least three members of the '72 squad won't attend the ceremony in the nation's capital because they oppose the views of President Barack Obama.

"We've got some real moral compass issues in Washington," Hall of Fame center Jim Langer told the Sun-Sentinel's David Hyde. "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'll just say my views are diametrically opposed to the President's," Manny Fernandez said. "Enough said. Let's leave it at that. I hope everyone enjoys the trip who goes."

And former offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg added: "I want to be careful, because mom said if you have nothing good to say about someone, then don't say anything," he told the newspaper. "I don't have anything good to say about someone. … 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. …

"I don't belong there, I'll tell you that," Kuechenberg continued. "Without being critical, I can just tell you I don't belong. It would be hypocritical of me to be there. I don't want to do that. 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."

The former players have every right to decline the White House's invitation and, honestly, they don't need a reason. If only the entire '72 team was as discriminating when it comes to annually reminding us that they never lost a game 41 years ago.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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Why does O need to invite the team from 1972? That is ridiculous.

And he cancels public tours to the White House?! Priorities??

PamR
by Gold Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM
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Gosh, I wonder how the country will manage to struggle forward, without the '72 squad.

Seriously, why can't people separate their personal political views from an occasion like this?  IF everyone acted this ridiculously, no president would ever have any group show up because there would be a few toddlers who wouldn't go.

PamR
by Gold Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM
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Undefeated '72 Dolphins finally get their White House welcome

Aug. 20, 2013: The 1972 Miami Dolphins NFL team join President Obama at a White House to honor the league-only undefeated season, in Washington, D.C.AP

Some were gray-headed, others a bit stooped, at least one carried a cane. But despite age, there were still hints of the large frames that once had been covered in football pads and which had exploded from lines of scrimmage countless times in an unforgettable season.

Nearly three dozen members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins finally received their White House moment Tuesday, 40 years after they made history by winning 17 games and losing none -- an undefeated NFL feat that still stands today.

President Barack Obama welcomed the former players to the East Room, a periodic occurrence at the White House these days for current sports champions.

Four decades ago, however, saluting athletes was not an established tradition. And the Watergate scandal was preoccupying President Richard Nixon back then anyway. So the men of that historic Dolphins team had not received their due.

"I know that some people may be asking why we are doing this after all these years," Obama deadpanned. "My answer is simple: I wanted to be the young guy up here for once."

The faces were still recognizable: Hall of Famers Larry Csonka, the team's star fullback; quarterback Bob Griese; offensive lineman Larry Little; linebacker Nick Buoniconti; and of course their leader, coach Don Shula.

"Some of them are a little harder to recognize these days," Obama said. "They don't have the Afros, the mutton chops, the Fu Manchus."

Obama, an avid sports fan and regular ESPN watcher, made clear to the Dolphins and his audience that as a Chicagoan, his football team is the Bears.

"We understand," Shula said. "You have to root for someone."

Obama noted that two years ago he recognized the 1985 Bears on the White House South Lawn. The team had not received the usual White House reception in 1986, a decision attributed to the space shuttle Challenger disaster, which occurred two days after the Bears beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

"That day I called them the greatest team ever. But, I mean, take it with a grain of salt," the president added sheepishly with the Dolphins clustered behind him. "The Bears lost once in their nearly perfect season." Then he paused for effect. "It happened to be to the Dolphins."

At least three players, including Hall of Fame center Jim Langer, did not make the trip to the White House, citing political differences with Obama.

Little and Griese, speaking to reporters afterward, said they regretted that those former teammates missed the ceremony

"I don't have any thoughts about those guys. I'm just sorry that they weren't here," Griese said. "We had a great day. The White House treated us greatly. Everybody who was here was happy they were here."

Little said the visit felt like a career capstone.

"I can go no higher. This is it," he said. "Hall of Fame, 17 and 0, 32 and 2 over two years, and now being on the White House grounds. Can't beat it."

Pema_Jampa
by Celeste on Aug. 20, 2013 at 7:48 PM

That's nice.

grandmab125
by Gold Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM
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 Well, what do you know.  A couple of ex-football players who still have some brains and morals.  I guess they're not all addled from those tackles.

I love it when an invitee to the WH, stands up for their principles and snub the snob.

gludwig2000
by Gina on Aug. 20, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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 Hey, if that is how they feel, then they shouldn't go. You have to respect them for standing firm for their views.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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I think regular visiting the WH is a much better use of money than former football players.

If you have to cut one expense, I say cut the football players from 1972, and let We the People visit the People's House.

Don't you agree, when you put it that way?


Quoting PamR:

Gosh, I wonder how the country will manage to struggle forward, without the '72 squad.

Seriously, why can't people separate their personal political views from an occasion like this?  IF everyone acted this ridiculously, no president would ever have any group show up because there would be a few toddlers who wouldn't go.



Dzyre1115
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 3:35 AM
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 I admire them for their conviction.....I wouldn't go either, some people can fake it and some cannot.

denise3680
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Who cares if they wanted to go or not:/  I never liked the dolphins anyways:/ 

PamR
by Gold Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 8:20 AM
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Now that took quite a bit of twisting.

Quoting SallyMJ:

I think regular visiting the WH is a much better use of money than former football players.

If you have to cut one expense, I say cut the football players from 1972, and let We the People visit the People's House.

Don't you agree, when you put it that way?


Quoting PamR:

Gosh, I wonder how the country will manage to struggle forward, without the '72 squad.

Seriously, why can't people separate their personal political views from an occasion like this?  IF everyone acted this ridiculously, no president would ever have any group show up because there would be a few toddlers who wouldn't go.





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