Coming Up

News

Print
RSS

99 Days Of 99 Jersey Numbers: #63

Posted Jul 6, 2014

This jersey got off to a good start, but in the last decade had trouble maintaining that excellence.

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.

###############

This jersey got off to a good start, but in the last decade had trouble maintaining that excellence. It was first worn by guard Billy Neighbors (1966-69), who was one of the more accomplished players available to the Dolphins in the 1966 expansion draft. Neighbors had been an All-AFL selection with the Boston Patriots before coming to Miami, and, with limited exceptions, he was the starter at right guard for most of George Wilson’s four year tenure as head coach of the Dolphins until he was unseated by Larry Little in 1969. Little held down that position until 1980, so it meant that basically only two people  –  Neighbors and then Little  –  played at right guard for the team’s first 14 years of its existence. The next player to wear the jersey, center Mark Dennard (1978-83) was a talented player who never really had a chance to be a long-time starter, instead serving as the bridge between the Dolphins’ two Hall of Famers at that position, Jim Langer and Dwight Stephenson. Jeff Uhlenhake (1989-93) was another quality center who claimed a starting role immediately at that spot right from the start as a rookie and gave the Dolphins almost five years of consistent play there. Mark Dixon (1998-03) joined the Dolphins as a 27-year old rookie from the Canadian Football League and also immediately became a starter, playing left guard for the team for the next five years before injuries limited his playing time and eventually forced his retirement. In the ten years since Dixon’s retirement, the jersey hasn’t been worn by a player for more than a season. 

The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #63 includes Neighbors (1966-69); Dennard (1978-83); Larry Lee (1985); *Greg Ours (1987); Uhlenhake (1989-93); Cal Dixon (1996); Dixon (1998-03); Alonzo Ephraim (2005); Bennie Anderson (2006); Gene Mruczkowski (2007) and Andrew Gardner (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: Two Dolphins Hall of Famers started their career with the Cleveland Browns before coming to Miami. Paul Warfield is one of them  – can you name the other, who wore #62?

###############

PREVIOUS JERSEY NUMBERS: 99 | 98 | 97 | 96 | 95 | 94 | 93 | 92 | 91 | 92 | 90 | 89 | 88 | 87 | 86 | 85 | 84 | 83 | 82 | 81 | 80 | 79 | 78 | 77 | 76 | 75 | 74 | 73 | 72 | 71 | 70 | 69 | 68 | 67 | 66 | 65 | 64
Game Pass: Miami Dolphins

DOLPHINS ON FACEBOOK

Contests-Videos-Exclusive Access