Number 67 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 67.

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

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 67 for at least one regular season game:

G-T Bob Kuechenberg (1970-84), T Chris Conlin (1987), NT Pat Swoopes (1991), G Jeff Novak (1994), T Barry Stokes (1998), C Joe Berger (2009-10), G Daryn Colledge (2014), G Laremy Tunsil (2016-17), C Daniel Kilgore (2018-19)

The debate:

This is another one of those numbers where there's absolutely no debate because it's Kuechenberg all the way. He made the Pro Bowl at both guard and tackle, played more games than just about anybody in franchise history and a case could be made that he should be in the Hall of Fame. Beyond Kuechenberg, nobody played more than two seasons wearing 67, so it's tough to flush out a top three. Joe Berger started 20 games over two seasons with the Dolphins (after first wearing 65 for a brief stint in 2005) and went on to start 64 games in seven seasons with the Vikings. Laremy Tunsil wore 67 in his first two seasons when he started at guard and tackle, respectively, before switching to 78 in 2018. Daniel Kilgore started all 17 games he played over the past two seasons after coming over in a trade with the 49ers. The Dolphins declined to pick up the option on his contract this offseason.

Worth noting:

Conlin played three games (non-replacement games) in 1987 for the Dolphins before resurfacing in the NFL with the Colts for 24 games in 1990-91. ...  Novak played six games for Miami in 1994, then went to play four seasons with Jacksonville. ... After appearing in three games as a backup for Miami in 1998, Stokes went on to play six more seasons and make 44 starts. ... Colledge started 13 games in 2014 in what became the final year of his nine-year NFL career.

The top three:

1. G-T Bob Kuechenberg

2. G-T Laremy Tunsil

3. C Joe Berger

Comments (3)
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Alain Poupart
Alain Poupart

Editor

Yeah, I would not think it's a slam dunk that Karras is the starter at center, even though he's the clear favorite.

KimFitz
KimFitz

Guess we've had a couple decent 67's & now Karras wears this #. I don't see Ted making this list from a 1yr stint (not to take over Tunsil or Bob K, that's for sure). Karras was a middling C last year which makes him affordable and serviceable. So, guess we will see how this year goes and how Stanley and Dieter perform?

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Jerbear3333
Jerbear3333

If he plays half as good and plays twice as long he will top him


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