It's a sound most of us probably wouldn't know, at least not like Marv Fleming does.
The rumble and swooosh of a running back charging through a hole in the offensive line.
"Oh you can hear it," Fleming said Tuesday night prior to his induction into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. "You can feel it."
Fleming, 71, joined Jim McMahon, Ron McBride, Billy Casper and Michelle Fellows Lewis as members of this year's inductees in a ceremony held at EnergySolutions Arena.
Fleming, a tight end first with the Green Bay Packers and later the Miami Dolphins -- he played on the unbeaten 1972 team -- was as cool as he was the day he left the University of Utah for the NFL.
How cool? Picture this: as has become the custom, members of the ingoing class spend a few minutes before the induction dinner doing interviews with the local media. It's a fairly benign meeting, filled mostly with softball questions with nice, easy responses expected in return.
And so it was that Fleming was asked to share his thoughts on being enshrined in the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
"I'm going to say this," he said softly. "It's about time."
Chuckles followed, though not from Fleming.
"No, really," he said. "I had a great career."
Cool, feisty and confident, that's quite a combination. No wonder the guy became the first player in NFL history to play in five Super Bowls (I and II with Green Bay, VI, VII and VIII with Miami).
He did have a great career, no argument here. He played in 162 games between 1963 and 1974; 157 receptions, 1,823 yards and 16 TDs in an era when tight ends didn't roam the field as freely as they do now.
Funny though, stats don't mean a thing to him. Nothing. Playing on championship teams, working together with some of the game's greatest players to achieve some of its greatest successes, that's what it's all about.
"I had a lot of Ws," he said. "'How many catches did you make?' I don't know. But I did go to how many Super Bowls? Thank you."
Awesome stuff, really. Just awesome. But lest anyone think Fleming too cocky or even a braggart, he puts such conclusions to rest with one sentence.
"I was fortunate -- I like that word, let me use that word," he said. "The average player doesn't play that long. To be inducted is an honor, especially coming back to Utah where I started. It all started here in Utah."
Fleming, born in Longview, Texas in January of 1942, imagined becoming a musician, a saxophone player -- see what I mean by cool -- even after coming to the U of U to play football.
"I wanted to be another (John) Coltrane or Charlie Parker," he said. "I loved music."
But he was drafted by Vince Lombardi and the Packers in the ninth round of the 1963 draft and soon found there was money to be made in the NFL, even back then.
He wouldn't say how much is first contract was worth, only coyly adding, "but a dollar bought three loafs of bread."
Whatever he was paid, he earned every penny. And it surely wasn't enough.
He was a big, physical player standing 6-foot-4 and weighing close to 240 pounds. He was a key cog in the famed Packer Sweep of 1960s and he helped the Dolphins run the table in '72.
He could catch passes, sure. But he could also open up a hole for a running back.
His eyes danced Tuesday night as he recalled a conversation he had with Hall of Fame coach Don Shula.
He referred to him as "Shoes." How cool is that?
He once asked Shula why, on short-yardage situations, the Dolphins always ran to the strong side -- the tight end side -- of the line.
"He says, 'Because we've got you, Marv,'" Fleming said.
All those years and all those blocks opening up all those holes for all those running backs.
Fleming said he'll never forget the sound of a back bursting through for a touchdown.
It's something you hear, something you feel.
Something like music to his ears.
How cool is that?
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