There’s a misconception (well, a partial misconception) among both fans and foes of the Miami Dolphins — particularly their unbeaten 1972 team — that the old-time players and coaches root each year against current-day NFL teams equaling (or, God forbid, bettering) their 17-0 record.
Running back Mercury Morris has been the most outspoken of the ’72ers, trolling the nearly unbeaten Patriots back in 2007 and more recently discussing how hard it is complete an undefeated season in this — or any — day and age:
“Go ask the Patriots how difficult it is to do it and how they feel about some little kid in Guatemala wearing those perfect 19-0 Super Bowl tees.”
In that same interview, when asked what would happen if Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers were able to best the mark of the ’72 Fins this season, Morris responded by asking, “Do you know the second biggest canyon in the U.S.? No, because everyone only knows about the Grand Canyon. No one cares about the second to do anything.”
But perhaps the Dolphins legends are starting to mellow as time goes on.
The official Twitter account of legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula sent out this tweet during the Panthers game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Of course, the Panthers went on to lose to the Falcons 20-13, prompting many to imagine Morris and his teammates popping the corks on bottles of bubbly.
But that wasn’t the case, according to Morris.
Still, Morris took the time to appreciate some relevant artwork: