Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger played in just one Super Bowl, a 14-7 loss to the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII in Los Angeles. Whether you lose 14-7 or 400-7, you still lose, so what difference does it make?”

Chris Hanburger: Super Bowl VII

Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger played in just one Super Bowl, a 14-7 loss to the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII in Los Angeles.

“We got beat. That would probably be the first one (memory),” Hanburger said, speaking by phone recently from his home in South Carolina. “Of course, we played an excellent football team.”

Although Washington’s defense played well, the Redskins didn’t score until 2:07 left in the fourth quarter, when cornerback Mike Bass returned kicker Garo Yepremian’s awkward fumble 49 yards for a touchdown.

“We got our tails beat,” said Hanburger, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. “Whether you lose 14-7 or 400-7, you still lose, so what difference does it make?”

The Redskins were a surprise Super Bowl team and Hanburger said the D.C. politicians were late arrivals to the bandwagon.

“Once we made it, all the politicians wanted to come out to practice,” he said. “Even (President Richard) Nixon came out to practice.”

Hanburger said the shoe companies offered players money to wear their shoes and apparel during the Super Bowl, “but I wasn’t about to get involved in that. I wore the same type of shoe my whole career. I don’t care how much money they offered. But some of the guys were switching shoes at halftime. And some of them got bags and windbreakers and guess what colors they were? Blue and silver. Everybody thought the Cowboys were gonna play in the Super Bowl.”

Hanburger doesn’t watch much football nowadays — “There’s too much showboating going on” — and said he never watches replays of Super Bowl VII. “You could pay me to watch it, but even then I wouldn’t do it,” he said. “You ain’t got enough money. I never even think about the game.”

Joe Scalzo