72 Miami Dolphins LB Jesse Powell Dies

The following statement was released by the Associated Press regarding the death yesterday of former Miami Dolphins 1972 LB Jesse Powell.

LUBBOCK, Texas — Jesse Powell, a linebacker for the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins, has died at a hospital in West Texas.

A spokesman for University Medical Center in Lubbock says Powell died Thursday. He was 65. No cause of death was provided Friday by UMC.

Powell was born in the Texas Panhandle town of Matador. He starred at West Texas State, now West Texas A&M, before the Dolphins chose him in the ninth round of the 1969 draft.

Powell spent his five-year NFL career with Miami, including a perfect 17-0 season leading to a Super Bowl victory over Washington.

Powell, who quit the NFL after knee surgery, was an insurance agent in Lubbock until his recent retirement. A memorial service has been scheduled for Tuesday at Monterey Church of Christ in Lubbock.

Powell played in all 16 games of the 72 season.  Later in life, Powell said that he hoped someone would match the Dolphins undefeated season and stated that the accomplishment today would hold more weight and would be much harder to accomplish.  No cause of death was given.

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