President Barack Obama has welcomed the National Football League's only undefeated team to the White House, more than 40 years after their historic perfect season.

The 1972 Miami Dolphins team got the chance to make up for lost time Tuesday with their celebratory trip to Washington. The tradition of inviting sports champions to the White House had not been established at the time of their win, and the administration of President Richard Nixon was tangled in growing anger over the Watergate scandal that led to the president's resignation.

The team's Hall of Fame head coach, Don Shula, is now 83 and used a motorized scooter to attend the ceremony.

Coach Howard Schnellenberger and nearly every living member of the team made the trip. At least three team members chose not to attend the festivities due to political reasons.

The 1972 Miami Dolphins team ended their 17-0 season with a victory against the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.