There may not be any other player in NFL history that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame that currently is not and may never be. Kuechenberg’s career spanned 15 years from 197-1984. He appeared in all but one of the Dolphins Super Bowl appearances and that lone miss came a year after he retired.
Kuechenberg’s stats rank among the absolute best in NFL history and some in the Hall of Fame don’t hold a candle to him. In his 15 seasons of NFL service Kuech made the Pro-Bowl, back when it actually meant something, six times including 1983 a year before he retired. He was a two-time First team All-Pro and a second teamer once. He is also a two-time Super Bowl winner and a member of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins.
Kuechenberg will likely never get into the Hall of Fame unless he is a senior committee nominee. So why no Kuechenberg? Because he has burned a lot bridges with the media for speaking his mind and when Kuechenberg doesn’t like you, he will let you know.
In 2013 Kuechenberg spoke about the 1-6 Dolphins chances of beating the undefeated, at the time, Bears. He said there was no way, this led Jason Taylor to quip, “It’s another chapter in the grumpy Kuechenberg story. It’s Kuechenberg. He gets up every year and complains about something. If it ain’t one thing, it’s another. He needs a hug and a hobby. It’s ridiculous”