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Former Miami Dolphins Great, Defensive Coordinator Bill Arnsparger Passes Away At 88

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Former Miami Dolphins Great, Defensive Coordinator Bill Arnsparger Passes Away At 88

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The Miami Dolphins announced the passing of Bill Arnsparger today at the age of 88. Arnsparger was brought to the Dolphins in 1970 by Don Shula when he took over as head coach. Arnsparger has long been credited with crafting the early 70's Dolphins defenses that were known as the "No-Name Defense's". He was part of the staff that saw his team go undefeated in 1972 as well as winning back to back NFL titles.

Following the 73 season Bill left the Dolphins to take over as the head coach of the New York Giants. After a three year sting with the Giants Arnsparger returned to the Dolphins as the assistant head coach under Shula, once again being put in charge of the defense. Bill would remain with the Dolphins for the next 8 seasons before once again leaving to take a head coaching position at LSU. In his second stint Bill once again crafted a dominant defense that saw the team return to the Super Bowl with a group known as the "Killer B's". The Killer B's nick name derived from the fact that  so many of the defensive starters last names started with a B.

Arnsparger is a name that is instantly recognizable by most long time Miami Dolphins fans and his contributions to the history of the franchise will not soon be forgotten. RIP Bill!