Miami Dolphins Jim Langer passes away at the age of 71
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins community has lost yet another great, this time losing Hall of Fame lineman Jim Langer at the age of 71.
Google his name and there is nothing about the passing of one of the Miami Dolphins and NFL’s greatest players. At the age of 71, Jim Langer has passed away according to a release by the Miami Dolphins. Langer died on August 29th.
Undrafted in 1970, Langer became one of the best centers in the NFL. He was part of the Miami Dolphins three Super Bowl teams in the 1970’s and a linchpin on the 1972 undefeated team. At this time the details surrounding his death are unknown but as these men enter the twilights of their lives, we can only hold on to the memories they left us.
Langer was inducted into the ProFootball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1987. He started 141 games straight from 1972 to 1979. He would later be traded to the Vikings, at his request to be closer to home, where he played two more seasons in the NFL until he retired in 1981.
Only Langer, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor, and Paul Warfield were elected to the HOF in their first year of eligibility.
The Dolphins in January lost guard Bob Kuechenberg who should without question be in the Hall of Fame and last month lost Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti at the age of 78.
Growing up, Langer was one of my favorite players for those teams in the 1970’s. There was a grit to his play and he was always reliable until a knee injury cut his 1979 season short. The NCAA has a Jim Langer Award that is handed out each year to the top division II lineman. in 1990 he was inducted in the Miami Dolphins Ring of Honor.