The reason for the belated invitation likely stems from a decades-old sports history snub.
When the undefeated National Football League team won the Super Bowl in 1972 (and again in 1973) then-President Nixon was facing the Watergate scandal that would eventually lead to his resignation. The Dolphins didn’t receive the traditional invite to the White House to mark their Super Bowl victory.
Nixon was also reportedly a fan of the Dolphins' opponents at the '73 championship game, the Washington Redskins, according to the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
In a Tuesday news release, the White House said the team’s visit would be the “first White House ceremony honoring their historic season.”