Aug 20, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) Miami Dolphins receiver Paul Warfield (center) looks on during the 1972 Miami Dolphins White House Visit at the White House. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins By The Numbers: 42

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We take our numbers to 42 where unfortunately you don’t get to vote. This number belongs to Hall of Fame wide-receiver Paul Warfield. Sure there are other names that could have been considered but you can’t take the number off an HOF player and say someone else wore it better.

In 1968 and 69 Bill Darnell wore it, Jeris White 74-76, Vern Roberson in 77, Robert Sowell as an 87 replacement player, Ernest Gibson in 89, Chris Green from 91-94, Terry Kirby in 95, Roosevelt Potts in 97, Trent Gamble from 2000-2003, Doug Easlick in 2004, Norman LeJeune from 2005-2006 and Charles Clay wears it presently.

Paul Warfield wore the number from 1970-74 carving out the final touches on his Hall of Fame career. In addition to those mentioned above, Lyle Blackwood, one of my favorite secondary defensive players also wore the number from 1981-1986. Unfortunately he didn’t carve out an HOF career.  Just a really good one.

So since I do promise you the opportunity to actually vote, we will look at 43 today as well.

Bob Neff from 66-68, Mike Holmes 1976, Jeff Allen 1980, Ricky Ray 1981-82, Larry Cowan 1982, Bud Brown 1984-88, Terry Kirby 93 and 94, Scott McGarrahan in 2002, Brock Forsey in 2004, and Jack Hunt in 2006. Today Jordan Kovacs wears the number.

So who wore it best? You decide, there isn’t a lot of options here and if it were up to me, I would give it to Bud Brown.

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