Miami Dolphins announce death of Bob Kuechenberg at age 71 | News Coverage from USA

Miami Dolphins announce death of Bob Kuechenberg at age 71

Bob Kuechenberg, a key member of the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins team, has died at age 71, the team announced Sunday morning.

Kuechenberg, who was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, played 14 seasons for the Dolphins from 1970-1983.

A starting guard on the Dolphins’ two Super Bowl-winning teams from 1972 and 1973, Kuechenberg played 196 games in Miami, starting 176.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Kuechenberg, who was named All-Pro in 1978, played at Notre Dame before he was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 1969 NFL draft. He signed with the Dolphins as a free agent in 1970.

Details of Kuechenberg’s death were not immediately available. 

The Associated Press reported that Kuechenberg died on Saturday. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Bob Kuechenberg,” the Dolphins wrote on Twitter.

Monday is the 46th anniversary of the Dolphins’ 14-7 victory against the Washington Red Skins to complete their 17-0 season. 

In a statement released by the Dolphins, Hall of Fame coach Don Shula called coached Kuechenberg “not only one of the best players I ever coached, but one of the toughest as well.”

 

 

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