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99 Days Of 99 Jersey Numbers: #84

Posted Jun 15, 2014

This jersey number is dominated by two players who made the Pro Bowl during their tenure with the Dolphins and they did so on different sides of the ball.

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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This jersey number is dominated by two players who made the Pro Bowl during their tenure with the Dolphins  and they did so on different sides of the ball -  defensive end Bill Stanfill (1969-76) and wide receiver Chris Chambers (2001-07). Stanfill retired as the Dolphins’ all-time sack leader and even now still ranks second in team history in that category, behind only Jason Taylor. And his 18.5 sacks in 1973 remains tied for the single season team record, along with JT’s 18.5 sacks in 2002. Stanfill was inducted into the team’s Honor Roll in 2010. Chambers (2001-07) made an immediate impact as a Dolphin, being named by a number of outlets as the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. He is fifth among the Dolphins’ all-time reception leaders, and is fourth in reception yardage and touchdowns. In addition to Stanfill and Chambers, number 84 was worn by other players who made significant contributions to the Dolphins, including Bruce Hardy (1978-89), Greg Baty (1990-94), and Troy Drayton (1996-99).

The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #84 includes Earl Faison (1966); Ray Jacobs (1967-68); Stanfill (1969-76); Hardy (1978-87); *Willie Smith (1987); Hardy (1987-89); Baty (1990-94); Gary Clark (1995);  Brett Carolan (1996); Drayton (1996-99); Leslie Shepherd (2000); Chambers (2001-07); Patrick Turner (2009) and Michael Egnew (2012-Current).

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Tomorrow:   Very similar to #85, jersey number 83 was not only worn by a member of the Marks Brothers, but also by only one defensive player in team history. Can you name this individual who still ranks fourth among the team’s all-time sack leaders? Bonus question: The jersey also was worn by the player who led the Dolphins in receptions in 1966, their inaugural season. Who was he?

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