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.
Like #63 before it, this is another jersey that was first worn by quality players but had trouble maintaining a degree of excellence in more recent times. It got off to a great start, being first worn by Hall of Fame center Jim Langer (1970-79), who was the anchor of the Dolphins’ offensive line during the team’s championship years in the 1970s. But it took time for Langer to establish himself; he was picked up on waivers as a rookie by the Dolphins after he was cut from the Cleveland Browns and spent most of the 1970 season on the team’s taxi squad, eventually seeing action the final five games of the year on special teams. He finally won the starting job at center in 1972 and remained there until sidelined with a knee injury in 1979. It took nine years for another Dolphin to don the jersey, but he was a good one – Harry Galbreath (1988-92). After playing sparingly his first year in Miami, Galbreath starting all but two games at right guard over the next four years. Harry wasn’t very big – he weighed around 275 pounds soaking wet and was by far the lightest player on the team’s offensive line. But he was tough as nails and was a throwback to the old-time “watch charm” guards who were mobile and were very effective pulling out and leading a sweep. Another right guard, Chris Gray (1993-96), wore the jersey after Galbreath and played mainly as a valuable reserve, although he made 21 starts his last two years with the team. The number was then worn by five other players, none of whom lasted more than one season in Miami.
The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #62 includes Langer (1970-79); Galbreath (1988-92); Gray (1993-96); Frederick Evans (2006); Anthony Bryant (2007); Clifton Geathers (2010); Ryan Cook (2011) and Danny Watkins (2013).
Tomorrow: Langer became a starter in 1972, but he joined the team in ’70. What Dolphin player who wore # 61 was the starter at center those two seasons ahead of Langer? Bonus question:
From 1997 through 2004 only two Dolphin offensive players were selected to the Pro Bowl during that span. One was Ricky Williams; the other wore number # 61 – can you name him?
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