Written by Matthew Cannata
During decades month on the NFL Network, former Miami Dolphins running back Larry Csonka was interviewed for 70's week. His best memories were going undefeated of course, but also the rigorous workouts, stress, four-a-day practices and more.
In regards to head coach Don Shula, Csonka said that he was possessed to get back to the Super Bowl to make up for the loss against Joe Namath several years earlier when he was the coach of the Baltimore Colts. However, when the dolphins went to the Super Bowl in 1971 and lost, he became even more determined to get back to the big game, which was a big reason why the Dolphins went undefeated during the 1972 season. Csonka recalls Shula saying on the first day of training camp that year that their main goal was to take one game at a time and win every single game.
While many teams have come close to achieving a perfect season, no one has at this point. Csonka thinks that one day there will be a team but he's not looking forward to that day because he isn't too keen about sharing the spotlight with others.
The 1972 Dolphins team have been popping champagne for over 40 years - here's hoping that they keep on popping champagne for 40 more - unless of course, it's the Dolphins who are approaching an undefeated season!
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