50th Anniversary of Perfection

Dolphins Win Super Bowl VII

Dolphins Win Super Bowl VII

The year 1972 was a special year for the Miami metropolitan area. It was an election year when South Florida hosted the political conventions of both major parties, when the sitting president made Key Biscayne famous as the winter White House, and when Dade County approved a $553 million “Decade of Progress” bond issue to fund projects that would upgrade the county’s infrastructure and cultural institutions. It was also the year of the “perfect season” for the Miami Dolphins.

Tune into this week’s podcast episode to hear about the early history of the Miami Dolphins and that magical season in 1972. Perfection, or going undefeated and untied for an entire season through the championship game, is a feat that had never been accomplished before or since the Miami Dolphins of 1972. You can access this podcast episode on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Sound Cloud, as well as the Miami-History website.

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Further Reading:

  • Book: “Seventeen and Oh” by Marshall Jon Fisher
  • Book: “Head On” by Larry Csonka
  • Book: “Undefeated: Inside the 1972 Miami Dolphins Perfect Season” by Mike Freeman
  • Book: “Still Perfect” by Dave Hyde
  • Book: “The Winning Edge” by Don Shula


  • Cover: Don Shula celebrating the Super Bowl VII victory. Courtesy of Ghosts of the Orange Bowl.
  • Figure 1: Miami Dolphins during Super Bowl VII. Courtesy of Getty Images.