For­mer Dol­phins guard Kuechen­berg dies at age 71

Waterloo Region Record - - Sports -

MI­AMI — For­mer Mi­ami Dol­phins guard Bob Kuechen­berg, a six-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion and mem­ber of the only Na­tional Foot­ball League team to achieve a per­fect sea­son, died at age 71. His death Satur­day was con­firmed by the Dol­phins, who had no fur­ther de­tails. Kuechen­berg joined the Dol­phins as a free agent in 1970, coach Don Shula’s first sea­son, and played for them un­til ’83. He started ev­ery game for the team that went 17-0 in ’72, and started 16 games for the team that re­peated as Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons in ’73. Kuechen­berg was a fi­nal­ist for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame and a mem­ber of the Dol­phins’ Honor Roll. A na­tive of Gary, Ind., 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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