Miami Dolphins At 50: Top 10 OLs

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No. 3 – Jim Langer

Something must have been in the air in the late 60s and early 70s because some teams just seemed to be allergic to great offensive linemen.

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  • Like Kuchenberg, Jim Langer didn’t stick with his first team. The Cleveland Browns signed him as an undrafted rookie only to let him go. He then signed with Miami and appeared in six games in the 1970 season.

    Langer would again appear in every game during the 1971 season, but couldn’t crack the starting line. However, he earned the starting center spot before the 1972 season and by now everyone knows what happened that season.

    Curiously, Langer didn’t make it to the Pro Bowl in 1972. However, he stamped his ticket to the all-star festivities the very next season and for five more campaigns after that.

    From 1973 to 1978, Langer’s awards and honors are nearly dizzying. He received 35 first team and four second team all league or conference accolades. He received First Team All-Pro honors four times (1973-1975, 1977) and was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 1970s First Team.

    He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987 cementing his legacy as one of the greatest centers, not just in Miami Dolphins history, but to ever play the game.