Bob Kuechenberg, a key member of the undefeated Miami Dolphins team of 1972, died at the age of 71, the team announced Sunday morning.

Kuechenberg, who was six times selected to the Pro Bowl, played 14 seasons for the Dolphins from 1970-1983.

As the starting guard of the two winning teams of the Dolphins Super Bowl in 1972 and 1973, Kuechenberg played 196 games in Miami, starting with 176.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Kuechenberg, who was named All-Pro in 1978, played at Notre Dame before being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 1969 NFL draft. He signed with the Dolphins as a free agent in 1970.

The details of Kuechenberg's death were not immediately available.

The Associated Press reported that Kuechenberg died on Saturday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Bob Kuechenberg," wrote the Dolphins on Twitter.

Monday is the 46th anniversary of the Dolphins' 14-7 victory against the Washington Red Skins to complete their 17-0 season.

In a statement issued by the Dolphins, Hall of Fame coach Don Shula called coach Kuechenberg "not only one of the best players I've trained, but also one of the most difficult."

Coach Shula about the pbading of Bob Kuechenberg.

– Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 13, 2019


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