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99 Days Of 99 Jersey Numbers: #30

Posted Aug 8, 2014

This number was worn by only a few starters in Dolphins history.

As we tick the days off to the season opener against the Patriots on Sept. 7, each day we highlight the players who wore that particular jersey number during their tenure in Miami. In some cases, the player and jersey number are synonymous. In other cases, the jersey number represents sustained greatness at a particular position. Whatever the case may be, jersey numbers are an important part of the fabric of professional football.

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This number was worn by only a few starters in Dolphins history. Running back Ron Davenport (1985-89) wasn’t one of them; he did start 12 games at fullback during his Dolphin career, but was mostly a backup, albeit an effective one, especially early in his career when he played behind Woody Bennett. The first real starter was an unlikely one  -  running back Bernie Parmalee (1992-98). His rags-to-riches story is well known to Dolphin fans  -  he worked for a year for UPS after going undrafted out of Ball State University and signed a free agent contract with the Dolphins in 1992. He barely made the roster, mainly because of his play on special teams. But Parmalee kept plugging away and found himself a starter in 1994, and responded by leading the Dolphins in rushing that season with 868 yards. He pretty much duplicated that performance a year, leading the team with 878 yards before losing his starting running back job in 1996 to Karim Abdul-Jabbar.  Parmalee’s grit and determination was rewarded even after his playing career ended  -  he became a successful coach, including a stint in Miami from 2002-04, first coaching special teams and then tight ends. On the other side of the line of scrimmage, the number was worn by free safety Lance Schulters (2005), who led the Dolphins with four interceptions in 2005 before switching his number to 31 in 2007 when he returned to the team after spending the previous season with the Atlanta Falcons. The last starter to wear it was safety Chris Clemons (2009-13), a steady and valuable performer in the Dolphins’ defensive backfield during his time in Miami. 

The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #30 includes Sam Price (1966-68); Bryant Salter (1976); Ron Davenport (1985-89); Bernie Parmalee (1992-98); Obafemi Ayanbadejo (2003); Lamar Gordon (2004); Lance Schulters (2005); Michael Lehan (2006); Casey Cramer (2008); and Chris Clemons (2009-13).

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Tomorrow: Cornerback Sam Madison was the one standout player who wore # 29 for the Dolphins. Who was the one defensive back who was named to more Pro Bowl teams than Madison in the team’s history?

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