Savannah native Hubert Ginn was a member of the 1972 Miami Dolphins who traveled to the White House last week to be honored by President Barak Obama.
President Obama delivered remarks during a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins in the East Room of the White House on last Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
When the Miami Dolphins took to the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 14, 1973, history was on the line. After winning every game so far in the season, that Super Bowl Sunday, the Dolphins swept past the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII with a 14-7 victory to clinch the championship. With two touchdowns and extra point conversions, the Dolphins became the first team in the NFL to have a perfect season. Now, 40 years after the Dolphins first donned their Super Bowl rings, they remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.
President Obama welcomed the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins to the White House to celebrate their accomplishment. It did not become common practice for Super Bowl champions to visit the White House until after 1980, and President Obama was able to take advantage of past presidents’ missed opportunity.
“I know that some people may be asking why we’re doing this after all these years. And my answer is simple: I wanted to be the young guy up here for once,” President Obama joked.
But beyond simply feeling young amidst NFL veterans, President Obama emphasized the significance of the 1973 Super Bowl Champions on both sports history and their communities.
Ginn played football at Tompkins High School in Savannah and at Florida A&M and for eight full seasons as a running back in the NFL including the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only undefeated, untied team in league history.
Ginn has won 2 Super Bowl Rings. The gold ring commemorates the championship played in January 1973, and the other, in silver and black, is for the 1976 Oakland Raiders’ title in Super Bowl XI.
“I’ve won lots of championship games with other teams I’ve played with in college and high school, but there’s nothing like that feeling we had when we went 17-0,” Ginn said. “We were just perfect. We were competing against ourselves.”