Jerome Baker to wear 55, a look at Dolphins history

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 7: Jerome Baker
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 7: Jerome Baker /

The Miami Dolphins have had a couple of players where the number 55 throughout it’s team history and now linebacker Jerome Baker will get his chance to prove its worth.

On Thursday Baker was given the number 55 when he reported for the teams rookie camp. The Ohio State product wore 17 in college. Here is a look through Dolphins history of other players who have worn the number 55. Baker will be the 13th player to wear the number.

Hugh Green – 1985 – 1991

Midway through the 1985 season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded their top LB to the Miami Dolphins. Green was coming off an injury plagued ’84 season but had his best sack totals in Miami. He posted 7.5 sacks in two different seasons with the Dolphins, both personal bests.

Green played his final six NFL season with the Dolphins and Don Shula ending his career in 1991 when he retired.

Earnest “Earnie” Rhone – 1975 – 1984

For most fans these days Rhone is someone they do not know. For older fans Rhone was a solid contributor who spent his entire 9 year NFL career with the Dolphins. The linebacker posted 14 interceptions over his career and forced four fumbles adding five sacks.

Throughout the Dolphins history, no one has worn the number 55 longer than Rhone.

Junior Seau – 2003 – 2005

Seau’s time with the Dolphins wasn’t long but he managed to start all but two games in his three-year stint of a 20 year NFL career. He finished his time with the Dolphins with 115 tackles. Of course Seau was enshrined in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame posthumously.

Seau was traded to the Dolphins in 2003 for a 2004 5th round draft pick.

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Joey Porter – 2007 – 2009

Joey Porter was more known for his brash talk and louder mouth than he was for anything he did on the Dolphins football field. A tough hard-hitting linebacker who would just as soon punch you than tackle you.

To put into context the first line about Porter above, Porter finished his short three-year stint with the Dolphins with 32 sacks and two interceptions. In other words his play on the field was good, his mouth was just louder. In 2009 he was suspended one game by then head coach Tony Sparano for undisclosed reasons. A week earlier he left the game early and refused to talk to reporters. The Dolphins released him in March.

Koa Misi – 2010 – 2016

Misi had all of the tools to be a great linebacker for the Dolphins. He was inconsistent at times but never played better than above average. He was very good against the run despite sometimes not setting the outside edge.

Misi’s career was plagued however with injuries and a neck injury in 2016 would eventually cost him his NFL career. In 2017 the Dolphins reworked his contract to fully guarantee $2 million to save cap space. Misi was never cleared to participate in training camp and hasn’t played football since the 2016 season. He has not officially announced his retirement from the NFL but it is highly unlikely he will play again.