Mercury Morris may not call Barack Obama when the ’72 Dolphins are in his neighborhood, but Morris definitely will call Obama when the team is on his front porch.
More than 40 years after the fact, the NFL’s only 17-0 franchise will get its visit to the White House, next week.
“I’m honored that the accomplishments of the 1972 Dolphins are going to be recognized by the President with a ceremony at the White House,” Hall of Fame coach Don Shula said in a statement released by the team. “It is a very special occasion and I know it’s something that all of us will enjoy and remember.”
The visit never happened, because then-president Richard Nixon was dealing with the Watergate scandal. Nixon also was a fan of the team the Dolphins beat in Super Bowl VII, the Redskins.
Obama is a Bears fan; in 2011, he invited the ’85 Bears to D.C. for a Super Bowl visit that didn’t happen because of the Challenger disaster.