Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 8/15/13
MIAMI (AP) -- Larry Csonka says the 1972 Miami Dolphins' trip to the White House will be worth the wait, and he's making the trip from Alaska. For more than 20 years the Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback has spent summers in Alaska, where he hosts an outdoor show for NBC. He'll leave Sunday night to get to Washington for a ceremony with his former teammates Tuesday, when President Obama honors the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season. "It means more now after 40 years than it would have at the time it happened," Csonka said by phone from somewhere north of Wasilla. "We realize a lot more today than we did at the time what a unique achievement it was, and it will be fun to celebrate it with the unique president we have now." The 66-year-old Csonka plans to fly from Anchorage to Minneapolis to Atlanta to Washington and figures the trip will take 12 to 15 hours. He said the decision to go was easier because current Dolphins owner Stephen Ross -- a Republican -- is paying expenses for all of the players. "The fact he was behind it and offered to pay for it -- how do you turn down something like that?" Csonka said. "That's a very kind offer. That shows you this is not a political issue." The 1972 Dolphins, who went 17-0, didn't make it to the White House in the months after their Super Bowl victory. President Nixon was immersed in the Watergate scandal at the time, and White House visits by sports teams were less common than today. Most of the '72ers still living are expected to attend, along with Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. The team has frequent reunions, and Csonka said he always enjoys them, including a recent one at a Monday night game. "It was funny," Csonka said. "We got on the bus to go to the game, and the lights went out and it was dark, and guys were joking and talking about the same things as 40 years ago, and their voices hadn't changed. It was like stepping back in time. Then we got to the game and the lights went on, and we were back to being old men."
PLAYERS: Stephen Ross
TEAMS: Miami Dolphins
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jerry Richardson selling Carolina Panthers amid investigation

Roy Williams honored late Pat Summitt during game at Tennessee

Burfict responds to Smith-Schuster's TD celebration

Antonio Brown taken to hospital for further evaluation

Cam Newton offers support for Panthers owner

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Captain Munnerlyn calls benching ‘slap in the face’

Report: Jerry Richardson would ask to shave women’s legs

Twitter reacts to Thomas Davis' dirty hit on Davante Adams

Randall Cobb splits defenders with sick move on catch-and-run TD

Eli Manning's two TDs against Eagles vault Manning family to 1,000 TDs in regular season

Stephen Strasburg says he may skip future All-Star games due to injury concerns

Top takeaways from NFL Week 15

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Five MLB teams that should trade for Manny Machado

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Eight NFL teams who simply need to start over

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

Dolphins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker