Miami, Fla. – This month marks the 50th anniversary of the only undefeated team in NFL history, the Miami Dolphins. To commemorate the unprecedented feat, the City of Miami honored a member of the 1972 team.
At a recent commission meeting, commissioners honored former Dolphins and NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman Larry Little, a Miami native, by naming a street for him where he grew up and attended high school.
The area of northwest 14th Street between 7th and 1st Avenues will be named Larry C. Little Street.
Miami Commissioner Chairwoman Christine King, who sponsored the resolution to rename the street for Little, said his sister, a nurse, and the Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Association, suggested the idea.
"They asked me if I knew who he was, and I said, ‘Yes, he was on the ’72 Dolphins, the perfect season.’” King said. "His sister fought hard for her brother, and he deserves this designation."
City Commissioner Manolo Reyes said Little "deserves this recognition."
Former Dolphins receiver Nat Moore, a former teammate and roommate of Little, was by his friend’s side during the occasion.
Moore, who graduated from Miami Edison High and played his college ball at the University of Florida, said Little took him under his wing when the Dolphins drafted him in 1974.
"I’m just a product of what he taught me," said Moore.
Little, 77, was a member of the team that defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII 50 years ago this month. The 2007 New England Patriots came close to undefeated but were upset in the ﬁnal seconds by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
Little, a 6’1, 265-pounder, who played 13 years in the NFL and was selected as one of The Sporting News’ top 100 Greatest Football Players, was noted for protecting Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese for 11 seasons with the Dolphins.
Little was born and raised in Miami, where he attended Booker T. Washington High School. He played college ball at Bethune-Cookman University and signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 1967.
Little was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 1969 and played for two Super Bowl-winning teams under legendary head coach Don Shula, the NFL’s all-time winningest coach.
Little was selected to play in ﬁve Pro Bowls, and a seven time ﬁrstand second-team all pro. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, selected to the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and a member of the Miami-Dolphins Honor Roll.
Little was head coach for Bethune Cookman University’s football team from 1983 to 1991 and served in the same role at North Carolina University from 1993 to 1998.
Little also was head coach for the Ohio Glory of the now defunct NFL Europe League.
Little’s youngest brother David Little, who played linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, died in 2005 from cardiac arrest.