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99 Days Of 99 Jersey Numbers: #64

Posted Jul 5, 2014

For the most part, this number was worn by men in the middle but there is one notable exception, and probably by the best player to wear the jersey.

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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For the most part, this number was worn by men in the middle but there is one notable exception, and probably by the best player to wear the jersey  –  offensive lineman Ed Newman (1973-84).  Newman was a late bloomer, spending his first six seasons in Miami playing behind such greats as Bob Kuechenberg, Jim Langer, Larry Little, and Norm Evans. While he would make occasional starts at both guard positions during that time, he didn’t break into the starting lineup until 1979 when Kuechenberg moved to left tackle and Newman took over his left guard spot. A year later, Newman moved to Larry Little’s old position at right guard and excelled there, making four consecutive Pro Bowl teams from 1981 through 1984. But he blew out his knee before the 1985 campaign, ending his career. However, Newman began taking law classes during the 1984 season and went on to become a successful lawyer and judge in Miami. Active in charitable affairs as well, the City of Miami named Northwest 17th Street “Ed Newman Street” in recognition of his civic and community service, becoming one of only three Dolphins (along with Don Shula and Dan Marino) to have a street in Miami named after him.  After Newman, the other starters who wore # 64 were usually found in the middle, starting with defensive tackle Larry Chester (2002-04). Generally viewed as the strongest player on those Dolphin teams, he joined Adewale Ogunleye, Tim Bowens and Jason Taylor to give Miami one of their best defensive lines since their Super Bowl teams. The jersey was then worn by two starting centers, Samson Satele (2007-08), who probably is best known as the player the Dolphins selected with the second round draft choice they got when they traded Wes Welker to the New England Patriots, and Jake Grove (2009), whose one year with the Dolphins tenure was marred by injury.

The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #64 includes Ed Newman (1973-84); Houston Hoover (1994); Larry Chester (2002-04); Kendyl Jacox (2006); Samson Satele (2007-08); Jake Grove (2009) and Josh Samuda (2012).
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).
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Tomorrow: What former AFL All-Star who was picked by the Dolphins in the expansion draft and went on to be one of their better offensive linemen in the George Wilson era wore #63? Bonus question: What starting center who bridged the gap between Hall of Famers Jim Langer and Dwight Stephenson also wore this jersey? 

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