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11. Bob Kuechenberg

Looking like a grizzled vet long before he became one, Bob Kuechenberg had a strange start in his NFL career.  The product of Notre Dame was taken in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles, but he quit during training camp and played semi-pro for a year.  The Dolphins signed him in 1970, and he would find a home in pro football for the next fourteen years.

Kuechenberg would help the Dolphins reach three straight Super Bowls and win two in the 70s while going to four Pro Bowls and earning a First Team All-Pro in 1978.  Late in his career, he would go to two more Pro Bowls in his last two seasons in the game (1982 & 1983) and provided a veteran presence to a rebounding team.

While Kuchenberg could be accurately criticized for being a malcontent, and one of the moodiest players ever, there was no doubt that he was excellent as his job as a pro football player.  Kuechenberg was a Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame eight times but never got in.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Offensive Lineman
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent before the 1970 Season.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1983 Season.
  • Games Played: 196
  • Notable Statistics:

    175 Games Started

    6 Fumble Recoveries

    113 Approximate Value
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (VII & VIII)

    First Team All-Pro (1978)

    Second Team All-Pro (1978)

    Pro Bowl (1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1982 & 1983)
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