For the second time within the past month a Hall-of-Fame member of the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins has passed away. Former center Jim Langer died Thursday, nearly a month after the passing of former linebacker Nick Buoniconti.
Langer was 71.
Langer, one of only four Dolphins elected in his first year of eligibility (Dan Marino, Paul Warfield and Jason Taylor are the others), was a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro and played in 128 consecutive games from 1970-79 – including 109 straight starts. He was also a first-year starter who played every offensive snap for the NFL's only unbeaten, untied 17-0 team - the 1972 Dolphins.
Langer was enshrined in Canton in 1987.
“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame mourns the passing of Jim Langer,” said the Hall’s CEO and president David Baker. “He lived an incredible life. From free agent to a Bronzed Bust, Jim’s selfless sacrifice, perseverance and never-give-up-on-his-goal (attitude) are important life lessons that inspire us all.
“He was the ultimate teammate. His contributions to this game, especially how integral he was to the Miami Dolphins’ sustained success throughout the 1970s, will live forever in Canton, Ohio, where the Hall-of-Fame flag now flies at half-staff in his memory.”