Sharpe's statement still infuriates Fernandez, the '72 team's undersized but feisty defensive tackle, who says, "I could shoot him." He's speaking figuratively—we think. Fernandez is a big outdoorsman who recently cohosted the pilot for Outdoors with the Pros, a hunting and fishing TV show that hasn't been picked up. Likewise, Csonka for the past 12 years has spent much of his time in Alaska cohosting two shows for the Outdoor Life Network "They pay me to hunt and fish, if you can believe that," says Csonka. "There is a God."
Like most of his former teammates, Csonka has grown to value the perfect season more as the years have passed and team after team has failed to duplicate the feat. "I don't want to think that anyone can," Csonka says, his bushy mustache practically sinking into his chin. "We're the only team that has ever been perfect, and there's a certain serenity and pride in having done that. Every year, when another team wins a few games without losing, we're reborn, and our spirits rise up out of the ground."