It's been a tradition that the winning Super Bowl coach gets a call from the president after the game. But in 1972, Don Shula received a phone call from President Richard Nixon before Super Bowl VI, a game that pitted Shula's Miami Dolphins against the Dallas Cowboys.
"They had the 'Nixon White House' on Key Biscayne," Shula, 83, told Yahoo! Sports recently. "He'd spend whatever time he could there. I guess he became a Dolphin fan."
On the arm of quarterback Bob Griese, the legs of running back Larry Csonka and the hands of wide receiver Paul Warfield, the 1971 Miami Dolphins cruised through the regular season with a 10-3-1 record.
Still, they entered Super Bowl VI in New Orleans a six-point underdog to the Cowboys, winners of nine straight. Nixon, apparently, thought the Dolphins could use some help.
"I still think you can hit Paul Warfield on that down-and-in pattern," Nixon reportedly told Shula.
"I said, 'Yeah, that's a good idea,' " Shula told Yahoo! Sports.Read More »from President Nixon tried to help the Miami Dolphins win Super Bowl VI