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Number 64 and the Three Dolphins Who Wore It Best

We're now 64 days away from the start of the NFL regular season, so we honor the best players who have worn that number for the Miami Dolphins

The countdown to the start of the 2022 regular season has begun now that we're under 100 days away, so we'll honor every day the best players to wear the corresponding number for the Dolphins.

Today, we're at number 64.

As a reminder about the ground rules, the top three will be determined only by what the players did while wearing that uniform for the Dolphins.

Players who wore 64 for at least one regular season game for the Dolphins:

G Ed Newman (1973-84), G Houston Hoover (1994), DT Larry Chester (2002-04), G Kendyl Jacox (2006), C Samson Satele (2007-08, 2014), C Jake Grove (2009), G Josh Samuda (2012), C-G Jake Brendel (2016-18), G Chris Reed (2019), DE Tyshun Render (2020), C Cameron Tom (2021)

The breakdown of 64 with the Dolphins

After having Bob Kuechenberg (67) and Larry Little (66), we're back to another offensive lineman of the 1970s, though Ed Newman didn't really make his mark until the '80s. Either way, he's an easy choice as the top player to wear 64 for the Dolphins. Newman played 12 seasons for the Dolphins, became a full-time starter for the final six and made the Pro Bowl in each of his last four years in Miami before going on to become a judge in Florida. After joining the Dolphins as a free agent, Larry Chester was a very, very good run stopper in 2002 and 2003, but his career ended when he sustained a knee injury in the second game of the 2004 season. It probably wasn't coincidence that the Dolphins run defense went south in his absence. Samson Satele started every game his first two seasons after being a second-round pick in the 2007 draft, but the Dolphins wanted somebody more physical at center, so they traded Satele to the Raiders and signed former Raiders starter Jake Grove as a free agent. Satele ended up returning in 2014 and again started all 16 games before calling it a career.

Worth noting

Houston Hoover was a six-year starter in the NFL before he joined the Dolphins in 1994, but his Miami resume consisted of three games as a backup before he landed on IR and his career was done. ... Kendyl Jacox started eight games in 2006 as he closed out his nine-year NFL career. ... Grove started 10 games for the Dolphins in 2009 after they signed him to a five-year contract, but he was released the following September and never played again in the NFL.

The top three Dolphins players with number 64

1. G Ed Newman

2. DT Larry Chester

3. C Samson Satele

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Alain Poupart has covered the Miami Dolphins on a full-time basis since 1989. You can follow him on Twitter at @PoupartNFL.

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