The Miami Hurricanes’ 2017 season opener is a mere 69 (NICE) days away. But, in the history of Miami Hurricanes Football,t here have been precious few people to wear this number.
First up was Juan Comandeiro. An offensive lineman at Miami from 1981-84, Comandeiro was a starting lineman at guard for Miami’s first National Championship team in 1983. He was part of an outstanding offensive line, one that was as varied in its talents as its backgrounds (all 5 starters claim a different ethnic heritage). Comandeiro helped Miami beat then-#1 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl 31-30, securing the Hurricanes’ first Championship under coach Howard Schnellenberger.
Another player to wear 69 was OT Jason Budroni, a 4 year letter winner in the early 90s. He was on 2 National Championship teams (89 and 91, if you’re wondering). Now, a HS head coach at St. Mary’s HS in Annapolis, MD, Budroni continues to mold young players with his championship experience gained in Coral Gables.
Outside of Comandeiro and Budroni, there have been very few players to sport the 69. Most have been walk-ons, whose on-field impact is minimal, at best.
In any event, the two players listed above were part of 4 of Miami’s 5 National Championships, which is pretty NICE if you ask me.