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Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Langer Dies

September 05, 2019 by

Jim Langer, a Pro Football Hall of Fame center who was literally in the middle of the Miami Dolphins’ 1972 perfect season, died Aug. 29, 2019 at a hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn. He was 71. The cause was a heart ailment.

Mr. Langer was a first-year starter and played every offensive down for the NFL’s only unbeaten, untied team that went 17-0. The following year he helped the Dolphins repeat as Super Bowl champions and began a stretch of six consecutive Pro Bowl seasons for Miami while playing in 128 games in a row.

James John Langer was born in Little Falls, Minn., on May 16, 1948, and grew up in Royalton, MN.

He played linebacker at South Dakota State University and went undrafted. He signed with Cleveland as a rookie in 1970 but was cut, joined the Dolphins and made the team as a center in coach Don Shula’s first season with Miami.

Langer was voted the Dolphins’ most valuable player in 1975 and played in the NFL until 1981, spending his final two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. A four-time All-Pro choice, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1987.

Langer, a resident of Ramsey, Minn., is survived by his wife. Linda, and four children.

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