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99 Days Of 99 Jersey Numbers: #78

Posted Jun 21, 2014

When you think of jersey number #78, one player pops immediately to mind – left tackle Richmond Webb

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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When you think of jersey number #78, one player pops immediately to mind  –  left tackle Richmond Webb (1990-2000). One of the greatest offensive linemen in Dolphins history and a 2006 inductee into the Dolphin Honor Roll, Webb lived up to his billing after he was the Dolphins’ first round selection (and the ninth overall pick) of the 1990 draft. He made 162 starts during his Dolphin career, fifth highest in team history, including 118 games in a row from 1991 to 1998. He was named to seven straight Pro Bowls (1990-96), the longest consecutive Pro Bowl selection streak in team history. He finished his NFL career by playing his last two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, but on June 9, 2005 he signed a one-day contract with Miami, allowing him to retire as a Dolphins, one of only two players in team history who were so honored. Webb wasn’t the only starting left tackle to wear # 78; it was worn before anyone else by Maxie Williams (1966-70), who was picked by the Dolphins in the 1966 expansion draft from the Houston Oilers. Williams started every game at left tackle during the Dolphins’ first two years in the league before being shifted to guard in 1968. Among the other players who wore #78 was current Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone, who played four games at guard and center for the Dolphins in 1987

The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #78 includes Williams (1966-70); Wayne Mass (1971); Jim Dunaway (1972); Tom Drougas (1975-76); Carl Barisich (1977-80); Ken Poole (1981-82); Charles Benson (1983-84); Jerome Foster (1986); *Derek Wimberly (1987); Doug Marrone (1987); Alvin Powell (1989); Webb (1990-00); Jeno James (2004-06); Tony McDaniel (2009-12) and Bryant McKinnie (2013).

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Tomorrow:  Number 77 is probably best known as the jersey worn by the Dolphins’ only first overall pick in the college draft, but can you named two other talented, but unheralded players (a starter on the Perfect Season team and an honorary member of the Killer B’s) who also wore that number?

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