40 years later, Mike Kolen, Dolphins visit White House

By: Sara Hodges Email
By: Sara Hodges Email

*Auburn Media relations*

AUBURN, Ala. — It took 40 years, but former Auburn standout Mike Kolen and his undefeated Miami Dolphins teammates finally made it to the White House this week.

President Obama found the time that Richard Nixon could not.

"After the 1972 season there was a lot going on at the White House with Watergate, so I don't think they were in a position to invite our team, even if they ever considered it," said Kolen, who played at Auburn from 1967-69 and earned one of the game's great linebacker nicknames in "Captain Crunch."

Tuesday was another reunion for one of the NFL's greatest teams. The Dolphins went 17-0, still an NFL best, after beating Washington in the Super Bowl. No other NFL team has gone undefefeated.

It took awhile to make it to the White House, but Kolen, now a financial advisor in Birmingham, said he didn't mind.

"Forty years later is fine. It's an honor to be at the White House, and I'm glad we were able to do it as a team. That's what it's all about to recognize that accomplishment," he said.

Born in Opelika, Kolen played his high school ball at Berry in Hoover. He played three years at Auburn on the way to becoming an All-SEC linebacker.

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