Yepremian, who played 14 seasons in the NFL and won two Super Bowls with the Dolphins, died at a hospital in Media, Penn. He was diagnosed with cancer in May 2014, his wife, Maritza, told the Associated Press.
A native of Cyprus, Yepremian emigrated to the United States with his brother at the age of 22. After watching an NFL game on television, he became convinced he could kick for an NFL team.
The "soccer-style" kicker made his debut with the
Yepremian ended the longest game in NFL history when he kicked a 37-yard field goal in double overtime of a playoff win over the
Still, his most remembered moment came during Super Bowl VII in 1973 when he put the Dolphins' undefeated record in jeopardy. With Miami leading, 14-0, the
The Dolphins went on to win, 14-7, at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, but the play continued to haunt Yepremian for the rest of his life.
"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."
Yepremian was a two-time
Private funeral arrangements are pending. A viewing is planned Wednesday in Wynnewood, Penn.