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'72 Dolphins Stand to Lose More Than Record if Pats Go Undefeated

Dec 26, 2007 – 12:59 PM
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I just thought Mercury Morris was a crotchety old dude stuck in the '70s. Turns out, if the Patriots go undefeated, he and his 1972 Dolphins teammates stand to lose thousands of dollars. From Darren Rovell's Sports Biz blog:
In the process [of going undefeated], the fabulous money maker that has been the 1972 Dolphins gravy train will slow down.

You see, guys like Mercury Morris, Garo Yepremian and Earl Morrall make more every year off 1972 Dolphins stuff ($25,000 to $75,000) than they made when they played for Miami that year. Hall of Fame players on that team -- Paul Warfield, Nick Buoniconti, Bob Griese and Larry Czonka can clear as much as $150,000 a year, according to one insider. And Don Shula still rings the register, making about $500,000 in signings and appearances.
Just in case you needed one more reason to hate Bill Belichick: we now find out that he doesn't care about old people and wants to steal their retirement checks. Sounds about right.

Rovell also writes that helmets from the '72 team that once went for $2,500 apeice are now selling for $,1000 on the eBays. Unsurprisingly, Jeff Rosenberg of Tri-Star Productions -- an outfit that apparently schedules appearances for the 72ers -- isn't worried: "Technically this record can never be broken, it can only be tied ... And the bottom line is everyone's talking about them right now because of what the Patriots are doing."

Maybe, but somehow I doubt it. Rovell thinks the biggest beneficiaries of a Pats' undefeated season are Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Laurence Maroney and Belichick. I was just thinking the other day that what the world needs is more Tom Brady.
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