Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Stanfill, 69, starred for perfect Fins

ATHENS, Ga. — Bill Stanfill, who was voted the nation's top college lineman at Georgia and starred on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Dolphins, died Thursday night in Albany, Ga. He was 69.

No cause of death was given, but Mr. Stanfill had numerous health problems after retiring from the NFL.

Mr. Stanfill was a fearsome defensive tackle at Georgia, earning All-America honors and capturing the Outland Trophy in 1968 as the nation's best interior lineman. He was a first-round pick of the Dolphins in 1969 and spent his entire eight-year NFL career in Miami. He earned Pro Bowl honors four times as a defensive end and was selected to the All-Pro first team in 1972.

With Mr. Stanfill leading the "No Name Defense" during the '72 season, the Dolphins became the only team to win every game — 17-0 — on the way to capturing a Super Bowl title. They romped to a second straight championship the next season.

"On the field, he was a fierce competitor," said Don Shula, his coach with Miami. "His toughness served as an example to the entire team and was a key reason why he was so respected by teammates and opponents alike."

Former teammate Nat Moore, now Miami's senior vice president for alumni relations, said Stanfill's "gentle demeanor hid a ferocious competitive streak."

"With his intensity on the field and his wit in the locker room, he was a leader on a team that was composed of a host of unique personalities,'" said Moore, a star receiver at Florida in the early '70s.

CHIEFS: Tight end Travis Kelce was fined $24,309 after he protested a noncall by mockingly chucking his towel toward an official. … Receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin) was ruled out of Sunday's game.

COWBOYS: Defensive end Randy Gregory failed another drug test and is facing a yearlong suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He is serving a 14-game suspension for drug use.

JAGUARS: Receiver Allen Hurns expects to play Sunday despite being in the concussion protocol.

JETS: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, slowed by a sprained left knee, will be a game-time decision Sunday.

PACKERS: Linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday because of a lingering hamstring injury.

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