Former Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg dies at age 71

Ex-Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a 6-time Pro Bowl selection and member of only team to achieve perfect season, has died at age 71

MIAMI -- Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season, died at age 71.

His death Saturday was confirmed by the Dolphins, who had no further details.

Kuechenberg was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a member of the Dolphins' Honor Roll.

"I was sorry to learn of the passing of Bob Kuechenberg, who was not only one of the best players I ever coached but one of the toughest as well," Shula said in a statement. "He was one of the key performers on our championship teams."

Shula said Kuechenberg played with a broken arm in the 1974 Super Bowl and still dominated Hall of Fame defensive tackle Alan Page as Miami beat Minnesota 24-7. That game was 45 years ago Sunday.

Former teammate Jim Langer, a Hall of Fame center, said he stayed in touch with Kuechenberg, spoke with him in the past week and was shocked to learn of his death.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Kuechenberg played at Notre Dame before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969 but never played for them. Kuechenberg's 196 games with the Dolphins was a team record until Dan Marino broke it.

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