On This Date in Football, June 2nd, Garo Yepremian turns 68.
Yepremian had a 14 year career with the Lions, Dolphins, Saints and Bucs, that included two seasons in which he was named a 1st team All-Pro. In 1972, Garo’s field goal gone awry in Super Bowl VII provided one of the most famous follies in Super Bowl history and threatened to ruin Miami’s perfect season.
Yepremian belongs to the brotherhood of talented, long-tenured players – the likes of Leon Lett, Jackie Smith, and Scott Norwood — who have been distilled by collective memory into a single play. Because of this, and the humorous nature of “Garo’s Gaffe”, Yepremian’s triumphant role in one of history’s most famous post-season games is often forgotten. In the 1971 AFC Divisional Playoff, the one time Cypriot tie-salesman (that is, one from Cyprus who formerly sold neckties) kicked a 37 yard field goal in the second overtime period of Miami’s game against the Chiefs, ending the longest playoff game in NFL history. Today we remember Garo — a player who endured both humbling and heroic moments during his NFL career — and wish him a Happy Birthday.