Miami Dolphins at 50: Top 10 LBs

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No. 10 – Earnest Rhone

Picked up as an undrafted free agent in 1975, Rhone would put together some solid seasons but had issues staying in the line-up.

Rhone put up a solid rookie campaign. He appeared in all 14 contests and started in four of them. He would then play in only four games in the next two seasons, completely missing the 1976 campaign.

Rhone would finally crack the starting line-up in 1981 and would enjoy his best season as a pro. Rhone made 148 tackles and three interceptions. However, Rhone would miss four games in the 1983 season and lose his starting job in 1984.

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No. 9 – Doug Swift

Another undrafted free agent pick-up, Doug Swift was inserted into the “No Name Defense” and helped make it one of the very best units of all time.

Swift started eight of 14 games in his rookie season, but became a full-time starter in the next campaign.

From 1971 to 1973, Swift would play in every game and amass four interceptions, and two more in the 1972 playoffs. He would also collect approximately 235 tackles during that time as well.

Swift only played in eight games in 1974, but rebounded to start in 13 of his 14 appearances in 1975.

Swift retired after the 1975 season because he was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1976 Expansion Draft. Instead, he chose medical school and is presently an anesthesiologist in the Philadelphia area.