One of my favorite parts of the Dolphins free agency frenzy this past week is seeing the team add players that will do something that the Dolphins haven’t done in a while.
And nope, I’m not talking about big plays on the field, although Dolphins fans everywhere are ecstatic about that prospect. I’m talking about something that’s been missing since Reggie Bush left for Detroit, and was only marginally resurrected when the team signed Mike Wallace two years ago.
If you’ve been to a Dolphins home game in the past few years, you likely noticed that the stands are full of jerseys for past greats. Dan Marino’s 13, Larry Csonka’s 39, Jason Taylor’s 99, Zach Thomas’s 54, and even Ricky Williams’s 34 dot the landscape every Sunday. While there are certainly a few current players sprinkled in, namely the 17 of Ryan Tannehill or the 91 of Cameron Wake, it is noticeable that the Dolphins haven’t had a hang-your-hat-on kind of player, a favorite that everyone loves, and more importantly a player that has sticking power.
I am sure I’m not the only fan that bought a number 22 Reggie Bush jersey (Christmas gift for my wife), only to be sorely disappointed when Bush left after just two years with the team. In fact when Mike Wallace signed, I purposely said no to buying his jersey because I feared the same thing would happen in a couple of years. And that situation did indeed play out that way.
And to be fair, it also didn’t help that the new team uniforms and logo took some getting used to as well, with a lot of fans only now warming to the new look.
But with the recent signings and trades in the Dolphins 2015 off-season (and the new logo/designs growing on me), I’m excited to explore which jersey to buy and represent my team. Do I look into a Ndamuking Suh 90 (possibly 93)? A Jarvis ‘Juice’ Landry 14? A number 84 for Jordan Cameron, or a number 10 for Kenny Stills? Or do I hang my hat on the guy that stands to benefit the most, and plop down some major moola for that number 17 Ryan Tannehill jersey?
Decisions, decisions, decisions. But for the first time in years, I can envision attending a Dolphins game this season and seeing as many, if not more jerseys of current players in the newly renovated stands than those of past greats. And that makes this a winning off-season for the Dolphins already. Now if they could just do something about that Super Bowl thing.
Which jersey number are you looking to acquire? I’d love to hear it!
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @ejfootball
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