Nov 19, 1972; Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; Miami Dolphins running back Mercury Morris (22) runs with the ball with guard Larry Little (66) against the New York Jets at the Orange Bowl. The Dolphins beat the Jets 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
In January 1973 the Miami Dolphins became the first team in NFL history to complete the regular season and post season with an undefeated (and untied) record, winning Super Bowl VII to complete the 17-0 record. Now, forty years later, the team has announced how they plan to honor that season, which still stands as the only unblemished record in league history.
The first portion of the season long celebration will be in Week 2, with a giveaway. Every fan who attends the home opener against the Oakland Raiders will receive a commemorative "Still Perfect" hat. The white hat features the 1972 Dolphins logo on the front, with "1972 - Still Perfect" written across the hat. There will also be members of the perfect team at the gates into the stadium to welcome fans to the game.
The celebration will hit its high point during the build up to the Week 15 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On Friday, December 14, the team will hold a 40th Anniversary Perfect Season Team Dinner at the Westin Resport in Fort Lauderdale. Then, on Saturday, the Perfect Season Gold Tournament will be held at Doral Blue Monster.
Of course, the weekend will end with a ceremony during the game, with members of the 1972 team.
The team will has also commissioned a film to be made about the team, the city of Miami, and what the season meant to the entire South Florida area. The film, "Perfect in the Magic City," will be put together by Bombo Sports and Entertainment and NFL Films.
Of the film, Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said, in an article on MiamiDolphins.com, ""This will be much more than a highlight film. This project will not only tell the story of what this team accomplished on the field - milestones that have never again been accomplished in 92 years of modern professional football - but will also serve to tell the story of what this team meant to the city of Miami and to the emergence of South Florida four decades ago."