Miami Dolphins By The Numbers: 1


The Miami Dolphins rich history is based on the teams early success following the acquisition of one man.  Don Shula.  Over the decades that Don Shula ran the Dolphins, class and winning were one in the same.  The 1972 Miami Dolphins today still stands as the only bench mark that has not been surpassed by any other football team although some have come close.  The Dolphins have several members of their alumni honored with the tradition of number retirement.

No one will ever wear the numbers 12, 13, and 39 again.  While those three numbers are no retired, many faces have donned the other 96 uniform numbers leaving only the question, who wore them best?  Over the course of the next two months as we lead up to training camp, we will let you decide “who wore the number best?”  Then we will see if my selections of the best for each number mesh with the popular choice.  My selections will be shown in my upcoming Miami Dolphins 2014 Fan Preview Guide available on iTunes for iBooks, iPad, and iPhone in late July.  The only one of the above three retired numbers that will have a poll will be the number 13.  Both Dan Marino and Jake Scott wore that number so for the sake of argument, we will include 13 in our selection process.  So drum up your argument for Scott if you feel the need.

Today we will look at the first number.  Number one.

Perhaps the most well known adorner of the single digit is kicker Garo Yepremian who wore the jersey from 1970-1978.  Yepremian was a member of both Dolphins Super Bowl teams as well as the teams loss to Dallas in 1971.  Yepremian however is best remembered for his flubbed attempt at a forward pass after a bad FG attempt.  The subsequent return of the intercepted pass for a TD was the only points the Washington Redskins would score in that game.

In 1988, Tony Franklin, a running back wore the number briefly before switching.  That same year Kicker Willie Beecher wore the number.  The last member of the Miami Dolphins to wear the number one was Matt Turk.  The booming punter wore the number for both of his stints with Miami that spanned 200-2001 and 2003-2004.

Who wore the number best?

Number 53

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  • Johnny

    Go right to the 13, 12, and 39.. The best OUT of those 3 .. Is without a doubt # 13 Dan Marino.. With 39 Czonka behind him.. As for 12, Griese?? He was a game manager QB.. He had the best OLine and best RB threesome with Czonka leading Morris and Kiick.(plus the best Defense in the NFL)… It was too easy to set up the play-action pass to 42 Paul Warfield… Proof is in that “Undefeated 72 Season”.. Griese went down with an injury and old-timer journey man QB Morral came without missing a step.. And what some people might not know:: is that Earl Morral played and WON MORE GAMES then Griese in that 72 season…(without Morral, the Phins wouldn’t have gone Undefeated/#RIP)…Won’t go into Marino much.. His numbers says it all… I’m just going to say “Gun-Slinger”.. Broke all the records in his FIRST year as the starter in 84.. He started 84 as the starter.. And still broke most TDs passes and most Yds in a single season.. Unlike Griese, Marino never had that OLine and Running game…
    13 Marino
    39 Czonka
    12 Griese
    (In which I can think of acouple if Phins better then Griese AKA. 42 WR Warfield and 99 Jason Taylor future HOFamer just to name a few)

    • Pygskyn

      Well, never had the running game at least, Danny’s O-Lines have been off and on, but in the good years they were spectacular pass blockers. In the early 90′s when he had Webb, Simms, and Dellenbach in front of him or in his first five seasons with Stephenson snapping him the ball, Marino has played with awesome O-Lines… sadly though, like you point out, Running Backs pretty much never lived up to our hopes during his years.

      • Johnny

        No running game at all… lol

  • Brandon Shane