Nov 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) reacts during a game against the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium. The Panthers won 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins By The Numbers: 20


The Miami Dolphins have had a few players wear the number two-zero.  No Barry Sanders among them but they have still had some players that have stood out.

From 1967 – 1977 the uniform was worn by Larry Seiple.  Seiple served as the Dolphins punter for those ten seasons.  Don Shula had once told Seiple that he could “fake any punt he wanted, so long as he made it”.  His booming leg and speed when he did fake a punt made him a valuable contributor.  Seiple played in all three of Miami’s Super Bowl’s in the 70’s.

In 1979 Neal Colzie wore the number and in 1987 replacement player Rickey Isom wore it.  Joe Cribbs wore the number 1988 and Marc Logan wore it from 1989 – 1991.  Muhammad Oliver wore 20 in 1994 and Ray Nealy in 1997 followed by John Avery from ’98 – ’99, Ben Kelly in 2001, Lloyd Harrison in 2002, Arturo Freeman from 2003 – 2004, and Kiwaukee Thomas in 2005.  Finally Eddie Jackson in 2006, Lorenzo Booker in 2007, Chris Crocker in 2008, and Reshad Jones has worn the number since 2010.

One name I did leave off this list won’t likely garner much attention in the voting.   David Overstreet.  Overstreet was drafted in the first round by the Dolphins in 1981.  He did not sign his rookie deal and played for the CFL instead.  He returned to the Dolphins in 1983 who still owned his rights.  He rushed for a 4.6 yards per carry average and looked like he would be the Dolphins solution to their RB issues.  That following June, in 1984, David’s car swerved off the road in his home state of Texas where is collided with a gas station pump.  The pump exploded killing Overstreet.  He had rushed for almost 400 yards on 84 carries in his lone Dolphins season.

When it comes to this poll, there are only two players that truly stand out as warranting consideration for the “who wore it best” title.  Punter Larry Seiple and our current safety Reshad Jones.  I’ve thrown a couple of other names in as well in case  you simply want to vote against the other two.

Who wore number 20 the best?

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