You can always tell it is the the NFL offseason when lists start dominating the site. Whether it is a look at a Top 100 players list, a roster list, or just about any kind of list, we are all trying to do one thing - get through the offseason and get to actual football news. Today, we start another list here on the Phinsider. We will do a countdown of the top 10 jersey numbers of all time for the Miami Dolphins.
In tenth place, we have number 91.
Number 91 has been worn by nine players in Dolphins history, most notably Jeff Cross, Vonnie Holliday, and, currently, Cameron Wake. The first time it appeared for the Dolphins was not until 1984, when linebacker Ed Judie wore it in two appearances. After that, it bounced around to several players who only made limited appearances with Miami before Cross got a hold of it in 1988.
Cross spent his entire eight year NFL career with the Dolphins, playing defensive end in 125 games over that time, starting 107 of them.. He recorded 377 tackles, with one career interceptions, 59.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and 7 fumble recoveries. Cross was selected to the Pro Bowl one time in his career.
After Cross retired following the 1995 season, the number was next worn in 1998 by defensive end Lorenzo Bromell, who held on to it until 2001, playing in 53 games(2 starts) with the Dolphins. Jay Williams picked up number 91 in 2002 after joining the Dolphins for the final three years of his career.
Holliday donned the number 91 starting in 2005. Over four seasons with Miami, Holliday played in 60 games, starting 59 of them, mostly as a defensive tackle. He recorded 206 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 4 fumble recoveries over the span.
After Holliday departed for the Denver Broncos after the 2008 season, the newly signed Canadian Football League alumnus Wake picked up the number starting in 2009. In the four years since, Wake has played both linebacker and defensive end for Miami, appearing in 62 games, starting 47 of them, with 164 tackles, 43 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles. His sack total is the most for any Dolphins player in his first four years with the team. Wake has two Pro Bowl selections, as well as was a First Team All Pro selection this past season.
Since we are starting a countdown at 10, there are going to be some worthwhile jersey numbers that don't make the list. Here's a look at some of the best of the rest .
56 - John Offerdahl, Steve Towle
69 - Keith Sims
75 - Manny Fernandez, Doug Betters
83 - Mark Clayton, Vern Den Herder
84 - Bill Stanfill, Bruce Hardy, Chris Chambers