Number 66 and the Three Dolphins Who Wore It Best

Alain Poupart

The countdown to the start of the 2020 regular season has begun now that we're under 100 days away, so we'll honor every day the best players to wear the correspondent number for the Dolphins.

Today, we're at number 66.

The top players at each number so far have been:

99 - DE/LB Jason Taylor

98 - DL Jared Odrick

97 - DT Jordan Phillips

96 - DT Paul Soliai

95 - DT Tim Bowens

94 - DT Randy Starks

93 - DE Trace Armstrong

92 - LS John Denney

91 - DE/LB Cameron Wake

90 - DE/LB Marco Coleman

89 - WR Nat Moore

88 - TE Keith Jackson

87 - TE Andre Tillman

86 - WR Oronde Gadsden

85 - LB Nick Buoniconti

84 - DE Bill Stanfill

83 - WR Mark Clayton

82 - WR Brian Hartline

81 - WR O.J. McDuffie

80 - WR Irving Fryar

79 - T Jon Giesler

78 - T Richmond Webb

77 - DE/LB A.J. Duhe

76 - T Branden Albert

75 - DT Manny Fernandez

74 - T Mark Dennis

73 - DT Bob Baumhower

72 - DT Bob Heinz

71 - T Todd Wade

70 - DE Kendall Langford

69 - G Keith Sims

68 - T Eric Laakso

67 - G/T Bob Kuechenberg

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 66 for at least one regular season game:

G Larry Little (1969-80), G Larry Lee (1985-86), G-T Jim Gilmore (1987), T Everett McIver (1996-97), T Kevin Gogan (1999), G Heath Irwin (2000-01), G Jamie Nails (2002-03), G Rex Hadnot (2004-07), G Donald Thomas (2008-09), G David Arkin (2013), G Shelley Smith (2014), G Jacques McClendon (2015), C Travis Swanson (2018)

The debate:

It's back-to-back no-brainers for the top spot because Larry Little is just as big a slam dunk at 66 as Bob Kuechenberg was at 67. Little, who arrived in perhaps the greatest trade in Dolphins history, was a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection in the 1970s and he was rewarded with a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As for the rest of the 66's, Everett McIver started 10 games over two seasons after being claimed off waivers from the Jets. Jamie Nails started two seasons for the Dolphins and his play in 2002, when he helped Ricky Williams lead the NFL with a team-record 1,853 rushing yards, was Pro Bowl caliber. Rex Hadnot started 55 games in his four seasons in Miami, splitting time at right guard and center.

Worth noting:

Larry Lee, who started five games for the Dolphins in 1986, later became vice president of football operations for the Detroit Lions. ... Gilmore played all three strike-replacement games for the Dolphins in 1987 after appearing in two games with the Eagles in 1986, but he never played another game in the NFL. ... Kevin Gogan started 10 games for the Dolphins in the 13th year of his 14-year NFL career. ... Donald Thomas became an opening-day starter as a rookie sixth-round pick in 2008, but he sustained a season-ending foot injury in the opener and never was able to live up to that promise, even though he did start 12 games in 2009. ... McClendon, who played three games for Miami in 2015 in the final year of his six-year NFL career, currently serves as director of player engagement for the Los Angeles Rams and also serves on the Knight Commission for Intercollegiate Athletics.

The top three:

1. G Larry Little

2. C-G Rex Hadnot

3. G Jamie Nails

Comments (4)
No. 1-2
Alain Poupart
Alain Poupart

Editor

Yeah, that pick was a bit weird to me. We'll see if he pans out.

2 Replies

Jerbear3333
Jerbear3333

What else was there to do besides sitting out way back in the end of round five

Alain Poupart
Alain Poupart

Editor

You mean Round 4, which is where the Dolphins traded up from? You make a good point. Personally, I would have taken one of those third-day picks and tried to move up in Round 2 to get one of the stud RBs. But that's just me.

KimFitz
KimFitz

Solomon Kindley #66 - 4th rd pick - Mammoth of a Guard. If and when he is on the field - Howard & Breida (Laird, too) should locate Kindley and follow his big behind! Cuz this dude should move ppl. Hey, we gave up some picks to move up for this guy so I hope its worth it.


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