Hubert Ginn, two-time Super Bowl champ who played with historic 1972 Dolphins, dies

 September 22, 2023

Former Miami Dolphins running back Hubert Ginn, a two-time Super Bowl champion, has died at the age of 76.

Ginn became a part of history in 1972 as a backup running back during the Dolphins' perfect season, crowned by a Super Bowl win against the Washington Redskins.

The 1972 Dolphins remain the only team with a perfect season in NFL history.

Former Dolphins running back dies

The Savannah, Georgia native was drafted to the Dolphins in the ninth round of the 1970 NFL Draft after a stint at Florida A & M. His NFL career lasted nine seasons.

In 1973, he was traded to the Baltimore Colts in exchange for Don Nottingham. Hoping to get more playtime, Ginn instead suffered in neglect before getting waived.

He made a triumphant return to the Dolphins in 1974, sprinting 41 yards in the fourth quarter of game four to secure a winning touchdown against Joe Namath's Jets.

"I guess I'm a little surprised at what happened tonight," he told reporters at the time. "But I want you to know, that there is no doubt in my mind that I can play this game. None at all. I have a lot of confidence. I just have to prove myself to others."

He was traded to the Raiders in 1976, winning his second Super Bowl that year, before retiring in 1978.

A part of history

Ginn joined the 1972 Dolphins at the White House in 2013 for a belated recognition of their amazing achievement.

“I’ve won lots of championship games with other teams I’ve played with in college and high school, but there’s nothing like that feeling we had when we went 17-0,” Ginn said at the time. “We were just perfect. We were competing against ourselves.”

After retirement, Ginn returned to his native Chatham County, where he became an inspiration to the community, his friend and former high school teammate Chester Ellis said.

"He was very personable, fun loving, and he was a jokester," Ellis said.

"After his football career, him moving back here to Chatham County and being part of all the things that you see now, he's a part of history forever."

"For him to come back and share how he became successful in the NFL and what that meant to him," Ellis said. "For him to talk to some of the younger guys in the neighborhood and community was great wealth and use to us."

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