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They remain the only team in the NFL to achieve the perfect season followed by a Super Bowl win but even with that. The 1972 Miami Dolphins never got their visit to the White House until last Tuesday.

Lloyd Mumphord is one of the '72 Dolphins and a resident of Opelousas.  He spent the afternoon with News-10's Darren Robert recounting that season and the reluctance of some of his teammates to meet the President

The Miami Dolphins were the first in the NFL to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls, the first of those three times they were crushed by the Dallas Cowboys.

"The first Super Bowl we played in New Orleans Tulane stadium we lost we thought we were a better team than we were, because I remember I couldn't wait till we got back home so I could start practicing for the next season "says Mumphord.

The next season the infamous 1972 Dolphins went undefeated before beating the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl Seven. But, starting corner back, now 66-year-old Lloyd Mumphord of Opelousas says they didn't start off their season legendary.

"In the fifth game we watched our quarterback go down they carried him off the field in a stretcher I remember the moment everybody turned around and looked at each other and I know what I had on my mind we gotta pick it up or two another notch I guess everybody had that same feeling you could just feel it nobody said a word but you could just feel it" said Mumphord.

After beating the Redskins 14 to 7 the dolphins were cemented in league history along with Mumphord's celebrity in Acadiana. Last Tuesday the seventy two Dolphins were finally invited to the White House. Mumphord describes it as an experience of a lifetime. However three of his teammates felt differently.

"Yea, politics, they didn't agree with the president's policies so they didn't show up."

But Mumphord says his absent teammates may have missed the point.

Mumphord "it was kind of just important to us because it wasn't about the president about politics it was about honoring us." Mumphord says four other players didn't show up to meet this president, but were unable to because of health reasons.

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