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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:55 pm 
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The Perfect Backfield airs tonight at 9PM ET on NFL Network - November 14, 2014

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:51 am 
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Not sure if anyone had a chance to see this short documentary on "the perfect backfield", but it was interesting seeing the former Dolphins players rehash some history on the "prefect" season and playing for Don Shula. The conflicts, the personalities, Bob Griese's injury, Mercury Morris not touching the ball at all during our first Super Bowl against the Cowboys, because Shula wanted to go with the players that got them there, and Mercury's comments, well that's fine, but now we're trying to win this game.

Also, the "greed" of money - that eventually got Csonka , Kiick and Warfield to defect to the Memphis Southmen Football team.

"Their agent, Ed Keating, sat on a Friday afternoon in March in the office of John Bassett, a Canadian who was the moneybags of the WFL. He planned to own the WFL's Toronto Northmen until the Canadian government objected to importing American football. Just like that, Bassett owned the Memphis Southmen. Keating's palms sweated as he handed over his clients' three-year proposals: Csonka's for $1.4 million, Warfield's for $900,000 and Kiick's for $700,000. Each player also would receive a luxury car every year and a three-bedroom luxury apartment."

The above dollar breakdown was not mentioned in the show, its just what I researched and found out.

Nonetheless the WFL fell apart pretty quickly and folded in 12 weeks - but the defections caused player salaries to balloon in the NFL.

One must wonder, what may have happened if Csonka, Kiick and Warfield would have stayed. (What Don Shula had to deal with, not even a Perfect Season could keep these egos together, money talks I guess.

WFL - Teams below 1974-1975 and notable NFL players.


Birmingham
Ross Brupbacher, LB (Chicago Bears) 1974
L. C. Greenwood, DE (Pittsburgh Steelers) 1975
Charley Harraway, RB (Washington Redskins) 1974
Ron Jessie, WR (Detroit Lions) 1975
George Mira, QB (Montreal Alouettes, CFL) 1974
Jim Mitchell, TE (Atlanta Falcons) 1975
Mike Montgomery, RB (Dallas Cowboys) 1975
Joe Profit, RB (New Orleans Saints) 1974
Jethro Pugh, DT (Dallas Cowboys) 1976
Paul Robinson, RB (Houston Oilers) 1975
Ken Stabler, QB (Oakland Raiders) 1976
Larry Willingham, DB (St. Louis Cardinals) 1974
Rayfield Wright, T (Dallas Cowboys) 1977

Chicago
Virgil Carter, QB (San Diego Chargers) 1974
Bob McKay, T (Cleveland Browns) 1975

Detroit
Warren McVea, RB (Kansas City Chiefs) 1974
Mike Taylor, LB (New York Jets) 1974

Florida
Bill Bergey, LB (Cincinnati Bengals) 1976
Bob Davis, QB (New Orleans Saints) 1974
Fred Hoaglin, C (Baltimore Colts) 1975
Cecil Turner, WR (Chicago Bears) 1975
Perry Williams, RB (Green Bay Packers) 1975

Hawaiians
Vince Clements, RB (New York Giants) 1975
John Douglas, LB (New York Giants) 1975
Ron East, DT (San Diego Chargers) 1974
Ed Flanagan, C (Detroit Lions) 1975
John Gilliam, WR (Minnesota Vikings) 1975
Edd Hargett, QB (Houston Oilers) 1975
Calvin Hill, RB (Dallas Cowboys)
John Isenbarger, WR (San Francisco 49ers) 1975
Randy Johnson, QB (New York Giants) 1975
Ted Kwalick, TE (San Francisco 49ers) 1975
Jim Sniadecki, LB (San Francisco 49ers) 1975
John Wilbur, G (Washington Redskins) 1975
Greg Wojcik:, DT (San Diego Chargers) 1974

Houston
Bob Creech, LB (Philadelphia Eagles) 1974
Richmond Flowers, DB (New York Giants) 1975
Craig Morton, QB (Dallas Cowboys) 1975

Jacksonville
Guy Dennis, OG (Detroit Lions) 1975
Chip Glass, TE (Cleveland Browns) 1975
Fair Hooker, WR (Cleveland Browns) 1975
Ray Nettles, LB (British Columbia Lions, CFL) 1975
Bob Parrish, DE (New York Jets) 1975
Larry Smith, RB (Los Angeles Rams) 1975
Harmon Wages, RB (Atlanta Falcons) 1975

Memphis
Larry Csonka, RB (Miami Dolphins) 1975
John Harvey, RB (Montreal Alouettes, CFL) 1975
Jim Kiick, RB (Miami Dolphins) 1975
D. D. Lewis, LB (Dallas Cowboys) 1975
Paul Warfield, WR (Miami Dolphins) 1975
Ralph Hill (American football), C (New York Giants) 1975

New York
Al Barnes, WR (Detroit Lions) 1975
Carter Campbell, DE (New York Giants) 1975
Brian Dowling, QB (New England Patriots) 1976
John Elliott, DT (New York Jets) 1974
John Fuqua, RB (Pittsburgh Steelers) 1976
Gerry Philbin, DT (New York Jets) 1974

Philadelphia
Steve Chomyszak, DT (Cincinnati Bengals) 1975
Ron Holliday, WR (San Diego Chargers) 1975

Portland
Hise Austin, DB (Green Bay Packers) 1975
Ron Billingsley, DT (New Orleans Saints) 1975
Levert Carr, T (Houston Oilers) 1975
Tom Drougas, T (Baltimore Colts) 1976
Rocky Rasley, G (Detroit Lions) 1976
Mike Taylor, T (St. Louis Cardinals) 1974
Steve Thompson, DT (New York Jets) 1975
Clancy Williams, DB (Washington Redskins) 1974

Southern California
Curley Culp, DT (Houston Oilers) 1975
Daryle Lamonica, QB (Oakland Raiders) 1975
Bob Newton, T (Chicago Bears) 1976
Dave Williams, WR (Pittsburgh Steelers) 1974
Dick Witcher, TE (San Francisco 49ers) 1975




Stadiums

Legion Field, Birmingham (1974–75)
Soldier Field, Chicago (1974–75)
Rynearson Stadium, Detroit (1974)
Citrus Bowl, Orlando (1974)
Alamo Stadium, San Antonio (1975)
Honolulu Stadium (1974–75)
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu (1975)
Astrodome, Houston (1974)
State Fair Stadium, Shreveport (1974–75)
Gator Bowl Stadium, Jacksonville (1974–75)
Liberty Bowl Stadium, Memphis (1974–75)
Downing Stadium, New York (1974)
American Legion Memorial Stadium, Charlotte (1974–75)
JFK Stadium, Philadelphia (1974–75)
Franklin Field, Philadelphia (1975)
Civic Stadium, Portland (1974–75)
Anaheim Stadium (1974–75)

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I really enjoyed watching this, but I couldn't get over the fact that Jim Kiick looked nothing like he did in his playing days. He didn't age as well as Czonka and Morris.


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It was an interesting watch. Basically, the same crap that goes on today went on back then, they just kept it hush hush better...lol


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How I hated the WFL and the cheapness of Robbie costing Miami such a team. Always left me wondering what this team would have done in the following yrs. Miami went 10-4 in '75 without those 3. Then it went downhill after that.

Really enjoyed watching this.


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Here's a few stories from the 72 days:

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As the 1972 season progressed, the players sensed that Shula was becoming increasingly tense. A practical joke, outdoorsman fullback Larry Csonka felt, was in order. The prank has to go down as one of the NFL’s most bizarre ever, and one that could easily have led to serious repercussions.

With the help of teammate Manny Fernandez, they managed to deposit a live three-foot-long alligator in Shula’s private shower stall. Upon discovering it, Shula sprinted away and ordered an assistant coach to grab the gator, a job ultimately handled by the team’s equipment manager. Csonka confessed when the furious Shula demanded to know who was behind the prank. The coach’s anger quickly subsided, however, as he he broke into laughter. “It was a remarkable moment.”




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In an autobiography, written later, Yepremian said a letter of encouragement he’d received after the Super Bowl from Shula had helped lift his despondency. This came as a surprise to Shula, who knew nothing of the letter. Shula’s wife, Dorothy, it came to light, had written the letter unbeknownst to her husband.


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Dphins4me wrote:
...the cheapness of Robbie ...



He was a legendary cheapskate:

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Joe Robbie, the Dolphins owner, was so cost-conscious that he had assistant coaches record their outgoing phone calls so he could review them to assess their value to the team. This sort of behavior led one fellow team owner to say Robbie runs “a $2-million operation like a fruit stand.”


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vafinfan wrote:
I really enjoyed watching this, but I couldn't get over the fact that Jim Kiick looked nothing like he did in his playing days. He didn't age as well as Czonka and Morris.


He was funny though, eventually father time catches us all, unfortunately.

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Big Dave wrote:
Dphins4me wrote:
...the cheapness of Robbie ...



He was a legendary cheapskate:

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Joe Robbie, the Dolphins owner, was so cost-conscious that he had assistant coaches record their outgoing phone calls so he could review them to assess their value to the team. This sort of behavior led one fellow team owner to say Robbie runs “a $2-million operation like a fruit stand.”


http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2013/020 ... very-penny


That's funny, we all know why he was that way...., I won't say it though...

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dolphans1 wrote:
Big Dave wrote:
Dphins4me wrote:
...the cheapness of Robbie ...



He was a legendary cheapskate:

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Joe Robbie, the Dolphins owner, was so cost-conscious that he had assistant coaches record their outgoing phone calls so he could review them to assess their value to the team. This sort of behavior led one fellow team owner to say Robbie runs “a $2-million operation like a fruit stand.”


http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2013/020 ... very-penny


That's funny, we all know why he was that way...., I won't say it though...

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I don't know what you are trying to imply. I am probably glad not to know.


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