Number 72 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 72.

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

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 72 for at least one regular season game:

DL Whit Canale (1966), DT Bill Keating (1967), LB Rudy Barber (1968), DT Bob Heinz (1969-77), DT Mike Fultz (1981), Richard Bishop (1982), T Ronnie Lee (1984-89), G Steve Jacobson (1987), DE Karl Wilson (1993), T Tom McHale (1995), DT Barron Tanner (1997-98), G-T Vernon Carey (2004-11), T Will Yeatman (2012-13), T Jeff Linkenbach (2015), T Isaiah Prince (2019)

The debate:

The number 72 is another position that failed to produce a Pro Bowl season for the Dolphins, but there are three players who clearly stand out here. A second-round pick in 1969, Bob Heinz started 55 games for the Dolphins, including eight during the perfect season of 1972 and all 14 when Miami repeated as Super Bowl champion in 1973. Ronnie Lee started 62 games in six seasons wearing 72 for the Dolphins in what was a second stint after he had started 37 games as a tight end from 1979-82. Carey started the last seven of his eight years in Miami, moving from right tackle to left tackle to right guard.

Worth noting:

Canale joined the Dolphins after being a 17th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1965 NFL draft. ... Ruby Barber played two games for the Dolphins in 1968, the same number as his son Kantroy (a fullback) played for the Dolphins in 1989. ... Fultz played four games for the Dolphins in 1981, four years after he was a second-round pick of the Saints. ... Wilson played 16 games for the Dolphins in 1990 wearing 77 before coming back for two games in 1993 after stints with the Rams and Jets. ... McHale started four of the seven games he played in 1995 in the final season of his nine-year NFL career. ... Yeatman appeared in 12 games with no starts as a tackle after starting two games as a tight end wearing 89 in 2011. ... Prince started two of the four games he played for the Dolphins in 2019 as a rookie sixth-round pick before he was waived and picked up by the Bengals.

The top three:

1. DT Bob Heinz

2. G-T Vernon Carey

3. T Ronnie Lee

Comments (1)
No. 1-1

Now we're talking - Donell Stanley is wearing this # now and he is projected to make a serious run at a starting job perhaps next year and beyond. Karras expects a big pay day next year as he did only sign a 1yr prove it deal w/ us. Grier will have some important decisions to make where to spend the money and who to spend it on seeing how so many players are signing the same year or two. Dieter has the opp to earn that spot, too. let the competition begin (6 ft apart that is LOL). FinsUP