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Former NFL kicker Garo Yepremian died Friday of cancer. He was 70.

He died at a hospital in Media, Pa. His illness was diagnosed in May 2014, his wife said.

Yepremian played from 1966 to 1981. A son of Armenian parents, Yepremian was born in Cyprus and came to the United States at age 22 and kicked in the first NFL game he ever saw.

“Garo was one of the most popular and productive players in Miami Dolphins history, and we were sorry to learn of his passing. His effusive personality supplemented his strong competitive nature, and no one made more pressure kicks than Garo,” the Dolphins said in a statement.

His 37-yard field goal in the second overtime ended the longest game in NFL history, a Dolphins playoff victory over Kansas City on Christmas 1971, and he helped Miami win back-to-back NFL titles in 1972-73. But Yepremian’s gaffe in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl in January 1973 nearly spoiled the Dolphins’ bid to complete a perfect season.

“Every airport you go to, people point to you and say, ‘Here’s the guy who screwed up in the Super Bowl,'” Yepremian said in a 2007 interview. “After a while it bothers you. If it was anybody else he would go crazy, but fortunately, I’m a happy-go-lucky guy.”

Private funeral arrangements are pending. A viewing is planned Wednesday in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.