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99 Days Of 99 Jersey Numbers: #43

Posted Jul 26, 2014

It would take a dedicated Dolphin fan to name anyone who wore #43.

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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It would take a dedicated Dolphins fan to name anyone who wore #43. It was worn by ten different players, but only two for more than two seasons, and none for more than five. Only safety Bud Brown (1984-88) was a true starter, starting all 16 games in 1985 and 14 more the following season. The other Dolphins player who saw considerable playing time wearing this jersey, running back Terry Kirby (1993-94), wore it for his first two season in Miami before switching to #42 in 1995. A versatile runner, Kirby shared the running back role with Mark Higgs and Bernie Parmalee  during his Dolphin career. He did lead the team in receiving as a rookie in 1993 with 75 catches for 874 yards, and his reception total that season remains the highest figure ever by a Dolphins running back.

The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #43 includes Bob Neff (1966-68); Mike Holmes (1976); Jeff Allen (1980); Ricky Ray (1981-82); Larry Cowan (1982); Brown (1984-88); Terry Kirby (1993-94); Scott McGarrahan (2002); Brock Forsey (2004); and Jack Hunt (2006).

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Tomorrow: Number 42 was worn by Hall of Famer Paul Warfield. It’s an unusual number for a wide receiver to wear. Why did he wear it?

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