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Former Dolphins outstanding lineman Bob Kuechenberg died Saturday

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Sad news on a Sunday morning, as one of the members of the “perfect” 1972 Dolphins has passed away. 71 year old former All Pro offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg died Saturday night.

The Palm Beach Post had this breaking news item on Kuechenberg’s death:

Kuechenberg had a 14-year career with the Dolphins from 1970-83 making the Pro Bowl four times and being named and All Pro in 1978. He and his fellow linemates paved the way for the three-headed monster at running back in the early seventies that included Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris.

He was a finalist nine times for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but has yet to receive the votes from the veterans committee to be put into Canton. His fellow linemates from those 1970’s teams, Jim Langer and Larry Little have already been voted into the Hall, as have Csonka, QB Bob Griese and WR Paul Warfield from the offense.

Kuechenberg was yet another “find” by legendary coach and architect of Dolphins NFL success, Don Shula, who snapped him up after he was cut from the Philadelphia Eagles who had drafted him in the fourth round of the 1970 Draft.

Shula released a statement through the team on Sunday:

Kuechenberg’s death is yet another reminder that “Father Time” marches on and the health of former football players that are older is always a concern.

We wrote previously about the heart and soul of their defense Nick Buoniconti struggling with brain related issues and health problems in recent years.

And the former Dolphins also did a gathering and and fundraiser for Kiick last season, trying to help him with similar health and football related head injury issues.

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