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.
The first player to wear this number in Dolphins history was a good, but relatively unknown one – center Tom Goode (1966-69). He started all but one game during Head Coach George Wilson’s four-year tenure as the team’s head coach, and played in the AFL All-Star game in 1969. He was set to continue as the starting center when Don Shula took over in 1970, but suffered leg and wrist injuries in the preseason that sidelines him most of the year. When Shula tried to bring him back late that season, he had to expose Goode on waivers first, where he was immediately claimed by the Baltimore Colts. Ironically, his last snap that season, and the last of his career, came with five seconds left in Super Bowl V, when Jim O’Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal to give the Colts a dramatic 16-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys; Goode retired before the start of the following season. After some lean years, the jersey was worn by linebacker Kim Bokamper (1977-85), a member of the “Killer B’s” defense of the 1980s that helped propel Miami to two Super Bowls early that decade. Bokamper joined the team as the second of two first round picks in ’76 and after missing that season with injuries, he proved to be a key member of that defense for the next nine years. Bokamper went on to earn Pro Bowl honors in 1979 and ranks ninth on the team’s all-time sack list. He continues his involvement with the Dolphins to this day, serving as an analyst on the team’s radio and TV outlets and hosting Head Coach Joe Philbin’s weekly television show. The next nine players to wear the number did so for only one season apiece; in fact, the only individual to wear it since Bokamper who really made an impact was linebacker Karlos Dansby (2010-12), who was one of the team leaders in tackles each of his three seasons in Miami.
The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #58 includes Goode (1966-69); Dale Farley (1971); Bruce Bannon (1973-74); Bokamper (1977-85); Rick Graf (1987); Chris Gaines (1988); Ilia Jarostchuk (1988); Tony Furjanic (1988); Barry Krauss (1989); Mark Sander (1992); Jesse Solomon (1994); Antonio Armstrong (1995); O.J. Brigance (1996); Scott Galyon (2000-02); Eddie Moore (2003-05); Kelvin Smith (2007); William Kershaw (2008-09); Dansby (2010-12); and Marvin Austin (2013).
Tomorrow: One of the few starters to wear #57 had the same nickname as a popular breakfast cereal. Can you name the player and the nickname?
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