On the forefront of the Miami Dolphins’ Mount Rushmore sits legendary coach Don Shula, who died Monday on the age of 90, and his long-lasting achievement of perfection with the 1972 Dolphins.
Almost 50 years later, that interval stays the golden period of Dolphins soccer and the best season any group has ever put collectively in NFL historical past. Shula was the demanding but caring chief who made all of it occur, and the tales behind the greatness stay vivid at present.
On Saturday afternoon, NFL followers will get an opportunity to relive a few of these reminiscences, or perhaps view them for the primary time. It begins with a re-airing of Peyton’s Locations: The Last Vacation spot, which facilities on Shula and the 1972 Dolphins together with Corridor of Fame QB Terry Bradshaw (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
NFL followers will get an opportunity to take pleasure in a few of legendary coach Don Shula’s greatest NFL reminiscences Saturday on ESPN2:
Three p.m. ET: Peyton’s Locations: The Last Vacation spot
3:30 p.m. ET: Tremendous Bowl VII highlights
Four p.m. ET: Tremendous Bowl VIII highlights
At Four p.m. ET, ESPN2 will present highlights from the Dolphins’ Tremendous Bowl VII victory towards Washington to finish a 17-Zero excellent season.
“Just one group can declare perfection — us. … No one gave us s—. We took it. Shula made positive we labored for every thing we bought,” stated Corridor of Fame fullback Larry Csonka, who’s featured within the Peyton’s Locations episode and was a outstanding member of the 1972 Dolphins. “We took the hilltop and put the flag up. Now anyone is welcome to affix us. However there will likely be two of us, and we’ll all the time be the primary.”
That 1972 group was led by Csonka and Mercury Morris (who turned the primary teammates to every rush for greater than 1,000 yards in a season), quarterback Bob Griese and a unit that was coined the no-name protection. Every season, when each NFL group has misplaced at the very least as soon as, Miami’s 1972 group celebrates being the one excellent group in league historical past. Shula was that group’s chief and easily put, he was a winner.
“He knew learn how to flip adversity into success. We noticed that after we misplaced Tremendous Bowl VI. The very first day we reported to coaching camp the subsequent yr, he introduced us all collectively to observe the sport and grilled us on our errors,” stated Morris, who’s featured in Peyton’s Locations. “He stated, ‘See how sick you are feeling now? Simply suppose how sorry you may be when you do not redeem your self this yr.’ And we did, successful each sport we performed.”
Shula, the winningest coach of all time, had a knack for inspirational speeches, and he informed his gamers following the right season that to validate their success they needed to do it once more.
4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followers can watch the 1973 Dolphins’ far less-hyped Tremendous Bowl VIII victory towards the Minnesota Vikings to safe back-to-back titles. Corridor of Fame guard Larry Little, a outstanding member of each Dolphins championship groups who’s featured in Peyton’s Locations, argues that Miami’s 1973 group was higher than the 1972 squad.
In celebrating Shula’s life, remembering a few of his best teaching accomplishments appears a really perfect technique to spend 1 1/2 hours on a Saturday afternoon.
“He was the driving power behind every thing we completed with the Dolphins,” Griese stated. “Whether or not it was his power of will, his group, his work ethic, sense of integrity or his complete deal with successful, he molded us into champions. And the complete time he was doing that, he served as a job mannequin for all that was proper in sports activities. Whereas he began out as my coach, over time he turned greater than that. He turned a mentor, and even higher, an amazing good friend.”