Former Notre Dame lineman Bob Kuechenberg dies at 71

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Notre Dame's sports information department has reported that former offensive and defensive lineman and six-time Miami Dolphins Pro-Bowler Bob Kuechenberg passed away on Friday. He was 71.

Notre Dame also provided information on his playing career.

Kuechenberg, a 1969 graduate, was the MVP for the defense following his senior season in 1968, when the Irish went 7-2-1 under Ara Parseghian. In his last two seasons at defensive end in 1967 and 1968, he totaled 76 tackles, 18 for loss, six pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries. He was a sophomore starting offensive tackle on the 1966 national championship team that finished 9-0-1.

The Hobart, Indiana, product was selected in the fourth round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, but spent only training camp with the team before playing a season of semi-pro football with the Chicago Owls of the Continental Football League. He signed as a free agent with the Dolphins in 1970 and spent the next 14 seasons with the franchise as an offensive lineman.

Within his first four seasons with Miami, Kuechenberg helped lead the Dolphins to three straight Super Bowls, winning back-to-back titles in 1972 (when the team went 17-0) and '73. During that run, he started 41 of 42 games.

Kuechenberg was inducted into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll in 1995. His 14 seasons in Miami trail only Dan Marino's 17, and his 19 playoff games with the Dolphins are still the most in franchise history.

Former Miami Dolphins guard and Notre Dame lineman Bob Kuechenberg (67), a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season in 1972, died at age 71.