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99 Days Of 99 Jersey Numbers: #47

Posted Jul 22, 2014

This number is dominated by one person and hasn’t been worn by a starter before or since.

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 is dominated by one person  -  safety Glenn Blackwood (1979-87). It hasn’t been worn by a starter before or since, and with the exception of cornerback Darrell Malone (1992-94)  -  who wore it three years  -  no one else wore the jersey for more than two seasons. But Blackwood certainly gives the jersey a pedigree. Drafted by the Dolphins in 1979, he played his entire career in Miami. As a rookie he played behind Pro Bowl safety Tim Foley but broke into the starting lineup at strong safety in 1980 and stayed there the rest of the way. From 1981-86, he teamed with his brother, free safety Lyle Blackwood, to give the Dolphins the best safety tandem since the halcyon days of Dick Anderson and Jake Scott. Glenn and Lyle not only were a key component of the “Killer B’s” defense that helped lead the Dolphins to two Super Bowl appearances in the early 1980s, they formed their own subset of that defense, jointly gaining the nickname “The Bruise Brothers” after they both had a physical game on a Monday Night game against the Buffalo Bills in 1981. Glenn led the Dolphins with six interceptions in both 1984 and 1985, and finished his career with 29 picks, which still ranks tied for fourth on the team’s all-time INT list.

The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #47 includes John McGeever (1966); Tom Beier (1967, 1969); Ted Bachman (1976); Blackwood (1979-87); Stefon Adams (1990); Malone (1992-94); Robert Edwards (2002); Jeff Grau (2003); and Courtney Bryan (2007-08).

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Tomorrow: What former All-Pro who wore #46 played just one season with the Dolphins (1984) but finished third on the team in scoring that Super Bowl season while playing a specific role as a short-yardage and goal-line runner?

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