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Some members of '72 Dolphins refuse White House invite

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Not every member of Perfectville will be at the White House. (USATSI)
Good news: On Tuesday, the White House will honor the 1972 Dolphins, the NFL's last undefeated team, because, really, that group doesn't get enough attention.

Bad news: At least three members of the '72 squad won't attend the ceremony in the nation's capital because they oppose the views of President Barack Obama.

"We've got some real moral compass issues in Washington," Hall of Fame center Jim Langer told the Sun-Sentinel's David Hyde. "I don't want to be in a room with those people and pretend I'm having a good time. I can't do that. If that [angers] people, so be it."

"I'll just say my views are diametrically opposed to the President's," Manny Fernandez said. "Enough said. Let's leave it at that. I hope everyone enjoys the trip who goes."

And former offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg added: "I want to be careful, because mom said if you have nothing good to say about someone, then don't say anything," he told the newspaper. "I don't have anything good to say about someone. … I just don't believe in this administration at all. So I don't belong. Anyone on the left or the right has to respect one man's opinion. …

"I don't belong there, I'll tell you that," Kuechenberg continued. "Without being critical, I can just tell you I don't belong. It would be hypocritical of me to be there. I don't want to do that. I just don't believe in this administration at all. So I don't belong. Anyone on the left or the right has to respect one man's opinion."

The former players have every right to decline the White House's invitation and, honestly, they don't need a reason. If only the entire '72 team was as discriminating when it comes to annually reminding us that they never lost a game 41 years ago.

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