Miami Dolphins Stir Up Controversy With Rookie Jersey Numbers

April 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I'd normally post about this anyway because I'm the kind of nerd that actually gets into this kind of stuff, but there is actually some potential controversy in the numbers issued by the Miami Dolphins to their 2010 draft picks.

In particular, fourth-round linebacker A. J. Edds has been assigned No. 54, which as we all should know was worn by Dolphins great Zach Thomas between 1996 and 2007.

It's perplexing why the Dolphins chose to issue this number now, considering they hadn't issued it during the new regime's first two seasons in Miami.

Although it isn't retired (only Bob Griese's 12, Dan Marino's 13, and Larry Csonka's 39 officially hold that distinction), it definitely should never be issued to another player, let alone a rookie.

The Dolphins were smart enough to not issue it in 2008 or 2009, and they didn't re-issue Jason Taylor's No. 99 during the season he played in Washington. So what changed?

It's worth at least consid...

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