April 25, 2014
How is this man not in the Hall? With Langer and Little, he was part of the best middle of the line in NFL history. Longevity? He blocked in Super Bowls for Griese and Marino, playing the most games in franchise history until Marino passed him. Talented? He played tackle and guard in 1978, earning post-season awards at each position from different selectors. And a big-game player? With a metal rod in his broken arm, he beat up Minnesota defensive tackle Alan Page (then the NFL Defensive Player of the Year) in the 1974 Super Bowl to the point Page lost his cool and was ejected from the game. Plus, for kicks, he would mix friends drinks at his home as he told them the story of the metal rod and Super Bowl game. Inevitably, one would ask what happened to the rod. I just stirred your drink with it, Kuechenberg would say.