Father’s day weekend is kicking off — shoutout to all the Canes Dads out there — but more importantly, we’re exactly 11 weeks away from Miami Hurricanes’ Football kicking off its 2017 campaign against Bethune Cookman. 77 days. That’s it.
It turns out there’s a more-than-solid Hurricanes of old who donned No. 77 during his collegiate years. Let’s check him out:
When distinguishing great Canes players from the early 2000s teams, it’s seemingly easy to gloss over the 6-5 OL behemoth Chris Myers.
Straight out of Palmetto High, Myers was just a wee lad when Miami took home the 2001 National Championship, appearing in just seven games as a reserve. Though Myers began to make a name for himself on the Greatest Team Ever, picking up steam en route to being named a starting lineman for the 2002 season.
At right guard, he protected for Heisman finalist Ken Dorsey, and cleared out the opposition for his tailbacks to ground-and-pound. While Myers never carried the rock, Willis McGahee has him to thank for a large portion of McGahee’s 1,753 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns. We all know how that year ended and we’re certainly not going to be touching on it here.
The next two seasons, Myers played a variety of positions, even adding center to the resume. He picked up All-Big East second team honors as Junior.
His merits were impressive enough to earn himself a spot on the 2005 NFL Draft board after being selected in Round 6 (pick 200) by the Denver Broncos. A few relatively timid years later, the Texans traded for Myers, ultimately reviving his career and then some. While in Houston, Myers, playing center, anchored an offensive line — featuring a prime Arian Foster — that led the NFL in rushing. He would earn an invitation to two consecutive Pro Bowls for his efforts.
Others to wear 77:
Once the #1 recruit in America, Henderson had an up and down career in Miami. Now with the Buffalo Bills, Henderson looks to build on a solid if unspectacular NFL career.
Additionally, Henderson suffers from Crohn’s disease, a disorder that affect his digestive system. He had more than 2.5 feet of his intestines removed to help fight this disease.
Henderson was suspended for marijuana usage both in college and the NFL. He has openly said that using the drug helps fight his Crohn’s disease, and even had it prescribed to him by a doctor to fight the symptoms of his disease before being suspended by the NFL.
The current guardian of the 77 jersey, former JUCO lineman Jones has been less than stellar in his time at Miami. For a Hurricanes team the DESPERATELY needs tackles (the position Jones plays), he has been unable to make a dent in the depth chart in any significant way.
With another year under his belt, there’s a chance that Jones will be able to find some way to get on the field. It seems more likely, however, that Myers and Henderson will be the top 2 Canes to wear 77 as Jones will be a rotation member of the OL at best.