Undefeated: Inside the Miami Dolphins' Perfect Season

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Each year, every football team sets out to play a perfect season. Only one has ever succeeded in beating the odds.

The Miami Dolphins of the late 1960s were a laughingstock, a franchise where careers went to die. Then came Coach Don Shula. In just a few short years—through hard work, long practices, and his no-nonsense attitude—Shula transformed the team into a championship franchise. Led by such greats as Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, Nick Buoniconti, Larry Little, Mercury Morris, ...

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Overview

Each year, every football team sets out to play a perfect season. Only one has ever succeeded in beating the odds.

The Miami Dolphins of the late 1960s were a laughingstock, a franchise where careers went to die. Then came Coach Don Shula. In just a few short years—through hard work, long practices, and his no-nonsense attitude—Shula transformed the team into a championship franchise. Led by such greats as Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, Nick Buoniconti, Larry Little, Mercury Morris, and Jake Scott, the team was undefeated in the 1972 regular season and went on to win Super Bowl VII. Along the way, the Dolphins became the team of the 1970s, with Miami as a fascinating backdrop.

Based on years of research and interviews, Undefeated, by award-winning journalist Mike Freeman, examines what is perhaps the single greatest accomplishment in team sports history: the unforgettable season in which the Dolphins didn't lose a single game. There has never been a football team like those Miami Dolphins, and there may never be again.

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Editorial Reviews

Jeff Pearlman
“A marvelous, engrossing trip back to a period when football was played with love and passion and the Miami Dolphins were not merely fantastic, but unstoppable. Mike Freeman is one of the nation’s best sports writers, and he proves it once again here. A dazzling read.”
Jim Trotter
“An entertaining and meticulous journey back in time, illuminating the men and personalities who, in some cases, are as memorable as the team’s 17-0 record.”
Christine Brennan
“A richly-detailed and riveting account of one of the great accomplishments in the history of American sports. It’s a book that’s just as good as the team it chronicles.”
Andrea Kremer
“Well researched and fast paced, UNDEFEATED reveals the psyche of the only unbeaten team in the history of the NFL. Untold stories from the locker rooms, meeting rooms, and on the field are placed in the historical context of the unsettled seventies. Lest we forget - no names, no more.”
Library Journal
Keyed to the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Dolphins, this book recalls the only NFL team to go through an entire season without losing. Despite that unique accomplishment, this exceedingly smart, disciplined and dedicated team is generally underappreciated in history because of its lack of superstars and its weak schedule. In detailing the assembly and accomplishments of the Dolphins, Freeman (national columnist, CBSsports.com) relies heavily on the coach, Don Shula, and exalts his legacy above all. All key players are profiled and prevailing issues such as race relations are explored, but there is not much game action in the book. VERDICT Timed well and professionally written, this work will be in demand as the definitive book on a signature team.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062009838
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 346,620
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Freeman is an NFL Insider for CBSSports.com. Before that, he was an NFL writer, investigative reporter, and columnist for the New York Times; a columnist for the Florida Times-Union; and a sports reporter, features writer, and investigative writer for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Dallas Morning News. He lives in New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: President Nixon on the Line xiii

Part 1 Wreckage

1 "I Don't Ever Want to Feel This Way Again" 1

2 Truce 13

3 The Start of Redemption 21

4 The Three Wise Men 29

5 Revenge of the Nameless 51

6 The Duke of Earl 57

Part 2 From the Ashes

7 Melting Pot 73

8 The Man who Fired Flipper 92

9 Shula's Backbone 109

10 The Beginning 121

11 Guts 148

Part 3 The Greatest Team

12 Unbeatable 169

13 "The Money Season" 177

14 Steel Hurtin' 184

15 Gonzo Dolphins 212

16 Shoe Shiners 229

17 Perfect 250

Afterword: Perfection's End 273

Author's Note 281

Acknowledgments 294

Notes 297

Bibliography 299

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    I expected more

    I expected more here. There are interviews with the 72 Dolphins, but way too much play by play of the games. It's OK, but nothing special.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    Miami dolphins

    Wooh eooh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Dolphins rule

    Best team ever

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    BIGGEST miami dolphins fan

    Very good and miami dolphins rule they are changing theyre logo theyre possibly building a new stadium and go on you tube and search 1972 undefeted season superbowl and watch. If u all are dolphins fans go on you tube and get everyone u know that likes dolphins make a video and show ur jerseys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Miami Dolphins

    I love this book because it is about the Miami Dolphins and I was born in Miami so I love them. Of course. It is amazing cause they were the only team in history in the NFL to be undefeated. So anbody who reads this book and likes another team HA-HA

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Im a big Dolphins fan and this book really excites me about the

    Im a big Dolphins fan and this book really excites me about the entire
    undefeated season of the 72' Dolphins

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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