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99 Days Of 99 Jersey Numbers: #86

Posted Jun 13, 2014

This number proved to be one of the most versatile ones in Dolphin history, being worn by players at various positions on both 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 number proved to be one of the most versatile ones in Dolphin history, being worn by players at various positions on both sides of the ball. Standout defensive end Vern Den Herder wore this number his first season with the Dolphins (1971) before switching to #83 a year later. Wide receivers Marlin Briscoe (1972-74) and Freddie Solomon (1975-77) were also used at various times to throw the ball, while Solomon excelled on special teams as well. Beginning with the 1979 season when he broke in with the Dolphins at a tight end, Ronnie Lee wore this number for four years until he was moved to offensive tackle, where he played the rest of his career. It also was worn by production wide receivers such as Fred Banks, Oronde Gadsden, and Marty Booker, as well as tight end Eric Green, who played well his one season in Miami.     

The complete list of Dolphins who have worn #86 includes Mel Branch (1966-68); Den Herder (1971); Briscoe (1972-74); Solomon (1975-77); Lee (1979-82); John Chesley (1984); *George Farmer (1987); Fred Banks (1987-90); Dennis McKinnon (1990); Banks (1990-93); Green (1995); Brett Carolan (1996); Qadry Ismail (1997); Gadsden (1998-03); Booker (2004-07); John Nalbone (2010); Mickey Shuler (2010) and Rishard Matthews (2012).

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Tomorrow: Most Dolphins fans will remember the great wide receiver who wore #85. But it also was worn by another member of the team’s Honor Roll, one of only two defensive players ever to don that number. Can you name him?

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