1972: Year of the Dolphin

Janine CooperContributor IMay 26, 2009

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 4:  Don Shula watches warmups as the Miami Dolphins host the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL Wildcard Playoff Game at Dolphins Stadium on January 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The 1972 Miami Dolphins:  What more can you say about this NFL team?  The first team to have the perfect season, going undefeated all season and to top it all off, a Super Bowl win. 

Now, I wasn’t around for the 1972 Dolphins season (I wasn’t born until 1983), but after growing up in Miami, I quickly learned about a team that defied the odds in a sport known for numerous upsets and unbelievable triumphs.

A Miami Dolphins fan knows the drill when it comes to Dolphins football.  The aqua and orange, a fierce dolphin on a shiny white helmet, the Miami sun beaming down on a formerly known Joe Robbie stadium, "Dolphin Dan," the ultimate fan, sitting in the stands.  All of this is Dolphin football.

The 1972 Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins to become the only NFL team to have an undefeated season, winning in the playoffs, and going on to win Super Bowl VII. 

Every game, the ’72 Dolphins took the field, calculated every play under the leadership of coach Don Shula, and continued to defeat their opponents.  Mistakes may have been made on the field, but the Dolphins learned from them and continued through a season made up of wins. 

Everyone knows the saying that “Nobody’s perfect.”  However, the 1972 Dolphins season was as close to perfect you could get.