When the 2007 Patriots came within a hair’s breadth of joining the 1972 Dolphins as the only perfect teams in NFL history, former Dolphins running back Mercury Morris made no secret that he was rooting against New England.
But now that the 2011 Packers are 9-0, Morris says he’d be happy to see them win 10 more games, culminating in the Super Bowl.
“I have nothing but good things to say about the Packers. If they [end up] in our neighborhood, they’re a credit to the sport. They don’t have a bunch of guys out there who view themselves as entertainers,” Morris told FoxSportsFlorida.com. “I didn’t like the way [the Patriots] came across. . . . They were too much in your face. They wanted you to bow down to them and kiss the king’s ring.”
The 1972 Dolphins have been described as insufferable because of the way they constantly remind everybody that they’re the only perfect team in history, but former Dolphins coach Don Shula has said he and his old players don’t really drink champagne when the final undefeated team loses each season, and Morris says he likes this year’s Packers just fine.
Still, if the Packers do win 10 more games, Morris doesn’t want anyone to claim that makes them a better team than his 17-0 Dolphins.
“I don’t want to hear from the pundits that they’re going to pass us,” Morris said. “We were the first team to do it. They’d be the second team. They won’t be better than us just because they won 19 games.”