1972 Dolphins: Still Perfect After All These Years

Dec 14, 2012

The Miami Dolphins will be marking the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest feats in sports history this weekend.

Their perfect season remains intact, and that's cause for celebration.

The Super Bowl ring worn by members of the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins
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In 1972, The Dolphins went a flawless 17 and 0 on their way to a title in Super Bowl VII, and four decades later they remain the last NFL team to make it through an entire season unscathed.

Some of the members of that legendary group will gather for a reunion dinner tonight in Fort Lauderdale, then for a special golf tournament at the Doral Resort and County Club tomorrow, before being officially feted in celebration as part of Sunday's home game against Jacksonville Jaguars.

Manny Fernandez was a defensive lineman on the '72 squad, and will also be among those inducted into the team's "Walk of Fame" on Sunday.

"The whole weekend is special. Even prior to this honor. This just makes it more special.

But, yeah--it's always great to get back with these guys. We've stayed close, in part because of these reunions"

The reunions typically take place and the champagne corks are popped; after the last unbeaten team in the NFL loses.

The closest any team has come to matching the feat was the 2007 New England Patriots, who went 18 and 0 before losing in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.