With two teams remaining undefeated in the National Football League heading into Week 15, the old familiar spectre of Mercury Morris and the 1972 Miami Dolphins is rearing its ugly head. The only team to go undefeated from Week One to the Super Bowl, the 1972 Dolphins represent the pinnacle of football achievement.
However, by the same token, the dynasties of the NFL throughout the years represent the pinnacle of football achievement as well.
Michael Irvin, a former member of the Dallas Cowboys dynasty and Hall of Famer, was quoted by Pro Football Talk as having said on NFL Gameday Morning that he, "would turn in all three Super Bowls and [his] Hall of Fame bust for one undefeated season.”
Three Super Bowl rings and a Hall of Fame bust for a 19-0 season. That seems like an incredibly high price to pay to me. However, no one can say they’ve been part of a 19-0 season. The '72 Dolphins played a 14 game regular season, so they went 17-0.
There’s obviously a lot of fame that comes from that perfect season. However, just being a part of that season doesn’t guarantee more Super Bowl rings and a bust in Canton.
I personally wouldn’t give up three Super Bowl rings and a Hall of Fame bust for one perfect season. I’m sure there are people who think they would give up all that for the 19-0 season. Comment section is available, so weigh in!