The Miami Dolphins have three former players that deserve to be in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame. Sadly, only three.
Who will be the next enshrinee for the Miami Dolphins? Well we may be waiting a very long time to find out. Cameron Wake should be the next big debated current Dolphins player. The Dolphins have been relatively short on premier talent since the days of Jason Taylor and Dan Marino. But there are players who should be on the list of finalists every year until they are elected.
No other HOF snub is deeper than the one the voting members have given to Bob Kuechenberg and it is a crying shame that so many players with off-field arrests and scandals find themselves in the Hall of Fame. Heck even Ray Lewis has a closet full of demons and he will be inducted in the 2018 class.
Kuech was never a fan of the media and was pretty outspoken against them. Many consider him to be an old curmudgeon who has talked his way out of Canton by not playing nice. But playing nice was never Kuech’s forte. Off or on the field.
For 14 seasons Kuechenberg handled his offensive line duties. From 1970 with Bob Griese, Kuech was a part of all three Miami Dolphins Super Bowls in the 1970’s, he was a six-time Pro-Bowler when being a Pro-Bowl player meant a lot more.
He transitioned from Griese and the power running style of Don Shula to the passing styles of Don Strock and David Woodley and in 1983 played his final season with a future Hall of Fame rookie under center later in the season. Dan Marino.
Of all of the Dolphins slights, Kuechenberg’s omission from senior voting consideration is nothing short of a bias that has never gone away and one reason that many consider a trend in the HOF towards a popularity contest.