99 Days Of 99 Jersey Numbers: #60

Posted Jul 9, 2014

While this is a jersey that has been worn by a number of good players, it remains a number still in search of a full-time starter.

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.


While this is a jersey that has been worn by a number of good players, it remains a number still in search of a full-time starter. The first two people who wore it also had an interesting history beyond the playing field. The first person to wear it, Carl Mauck (1970) is probably better known for his NFL career after he left the Dolphins. He spent 13 years as a player in the NFL but only one in Miami, where he started three games at center in 1970. After his playing career ended in 1981 he joined the coaching ranks and eventually became one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL, serving in that role for the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers (including their Super Bowl season of 1994), Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions from 1982-2005. The next player to wear it, Al Jenkins (1972) also played just one year in Miami, but oh, what a season it was  –  the Perfect Season of 1972. He was a backup offensive lineman who never started a game that year, but he still found Dolphins immortality by being one of the few members of the organization to be enshrined on one of the bronze statues outside Sun Life Stadium, along with greats such as Joe Robbie, Dan Marino and Don Shula. In Jenkins’ case though, it was more for his serendipitous timing than anything he did on the football field. In 2010 the Dolphins unveiled the “Perfect Moment in Time” statue in honor of Coach Shula outside Gate E of the stadium. The ten-foot tall bronze sculpture was modeled after a well-known photograph of Shula riding on the shoulders of Nick Buoniconti and Jenkins immediately after winning Super Bowl VII to complete their Perfect Season. Hall. So Jenkins, by being at the right place at the right time, joined those Dolphins immortals in bronze.  Unfortunately, one of the players who wore that jersey next wasn’t quite so fortunate. Defensive tackle Don Reese (1976) wore this number his first year in the league before switching to #76 in a career that was cut short in Miami in part because of substance abuse problems. Probably the best player to wear the jersey wasn’t even a starter – guard Jeff Toews (1979-85). He was a talented and versatile offensive lineman, but he only started 13 games in his seven-year Dolphin career, having the misfortune of playing on the same team as Pro Bowl guards Ed Newman, Larry Little, Bob Kuechenberg, and Roy Foster. After that, the number was worn by a few other good Dolphin reserve and occasional starting offensive linemen such as Bert Weidner (1990-95) and John Bock (1996-00), but still no long-term fulltime starter to this day.  

The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #60 includes Mauck (1970); Jenkins (1972); Tom Wickert (1974); Reese (1976); Melvin Mitchell (1977-78); Toews (1979-85); *Duke Schamel (1987); Greg Clark (1989); Weidner (1990-95); Bock (1996-00); Spencer Folau (2001); Greg Jerman (2002-04); Steve Fifita (2007); Matt McChesney (2008); Al Johnson (2008); and Andrew Hartline (2009).

Kuechenberg (1970-84); Chris Ward (1986); Chris Conlin (1987); *Guy Goar (1987); Pat Swoopes (1991); Jeff Novak (1994); Barry Stokes (1998) and Joe Berger (2009-10).

Tomorrow: What player who wore #59 was named to the Dolphins’ Silver Anniversary team but never made a Pro Bowl? Bonus question: Derrick Rodgers, who also wore the jersey, played something other than football in high school. What was it?


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