On Friday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins sent their thoughts and prayers to the family of former star offensive lineman Jim Langer.
The team confirmed he passed away at the age of 71.
"I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jim," Langer's former teammate Nat Moore said today. "He was the rock in the middle of one of the greatest offensive lines in the history of the National Football League.
More than that, he was a leader of our team both on and off the field and set the standard for which all centers are measured. On behalf of the Dolphins and our alumni we send our thoughts and prayers to his family. He will be forever missed."
Langer played collegiate football at South Dakota State. Despite coming from a small program, he landed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie.
The Browns cut him before the season, but he eventually found a home with the Dolphins. After playing sparingly in his first two seasons, Langer turned himself into a dominant force on the offensive line.
He was a three-time First-Team All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion. He also anchored the Dolphins' undefeated title team in 1972.
Our thoughts are with the Langer family.