Former Dolphins ORT Eric Laakso passed away due to natural causes on Christmas Day; he was 54 years old.
Laakso played for Miami from 1978-84 and was the starting right tackle on the franchise's 1982 and '84 Super Bowl teams. He played in 86 career games, including 48 consecutive starts.
"I was saddened to learn about the passing of Eric Laakso, who left us at far too early an age," said Nat Moore, a former teammate of Laakso's and currently a Dolphins senior advisor, in a statement issued by the team. "Early in his career he played with some of the great linemen from the Dolphins' two world championship teams such as Bob Kuechenberg, Jim Langer and Larry Little, and then bridged the gap to play on an offensive line with Dwight Stephenson, Ed Newman, Jon Giesler and others who helped lead Miami back to two more Super Bowls. He was an inspirational player who was always viewed as a team leader. He will be missed by his teammates, and on behalf of the Dolphin organization I want to express my condolences to his family."