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Bob Kuechenberg
No. 67     
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Personal information
Date of birth: October 14, 1947 (1947-10-14) (age 62)
Place of birth: Gary, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 4 / Pick: 80
Debuted in 1970 for the Miami Dolphins
Last played in 1983 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1983
Games played     196
Games started     176
Fumble Recoveries     6
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Robert John Kuechenberg (born October 14, 1947 in Gary, Indiana) is a former National Football League offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins for fourteen seasons between 1970 and 1983, spending the 1984 season on injured reserve. He was a mainstay in a line that included Hall of Famers Jim Langer, Larry Little, and Dwight Stephenson and played in six Pro Bowls in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was selected as one of the top 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame from 2002-2006, and one of the top 17 finalists from 2007-2009, but missed the cut every year.

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College career

Kuechenberg attended college at the University of Notre Dame where he played both the offensive and defensive lines. But before college Kuechenberg attended Hobart High School, located in Hobart Indiana, 10 minutes from Gary, and 30 minutes from Chicago. It is a rather small town. Kuechenberg played football for the Hobart Brickies in his high school years.

Professional career

Kuechenberg was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles as a fourth-round pick in the 1969 NFL Draft where he was quickly cut. After playing a season of semi-pro football with the Chicago Owls in the Continental Football League, Kuechenberg signed with the Dolphins as a free agent in 1970. He became a starter that season as the Dolphins finished 10-4 and made the playoffs for the first time in club history. The next season, 1971, helped the Dolphins make it to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24-3. In that game Keuch's opponent was Hall of Famer Bob Lilly.

"I first played against Kuechenberg in Super Bowl VI, and I realized he was one of the best offensive linemen I had ever seen”
Bob Lilly

The next two seasons the Dolphins won the Super Bowl (going 17-0 in 1972) and his play was noticed by New York Post writer Paul Zimmerman who named Keuchenberg on his All-pro ballot. The following season, 1974, was named All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly and was named to his first Pro Bowl. He was named 1st team All-Pro in 1975 and in 1978 and was named All-AFC three times. He was Second-team All-pro in 1977/

Kuechenberg has also been critical of his former teams. One such critique, prompted then-current Miami All-Pro, Jason Taylor, to comment, "It's another chapter in the grumpy Kuechenberg story. It's Kuechenberg. He gets up every year and complains about something. If it ain't one thing, it's another. He needs a hug and a hobby. It's ridiculous."[1]

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