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66 Days to Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to wear 66

2 OL have made the 66 jersey special

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C Brett Romberg (66) snapping the ball to some kid who played at Miami one time
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The center on Miami’s 2001 National Championship team, Brett Romberg headlines our list of players who wore 66 for the Miami Hurricanes.

A Canadian-born player from Windsor, Ontario (which is SOUTH of Detroit for a fun-fact), Romberg played at Miami from 1999 to 2002. Stepping right into the lineup, Romberg was First Team All-Big East (for you young kids, Miami used to be in another conference before joining the ACC, yeah) in 2001 and 2002.

On top of that, the 6’2” 293lb Romberg was a consensus All-American in 2002, won the Dave Rimington Award as the Nation’s best Center in 2002, and was a part of the best College Football Team ever: the 2001 Miami Hurricanes. And, Romberg can claim another record: he never allowed a sack in his collegiate career. Exemplary work to say the least.

Big Bully Romberg

Romberg was an outstanding player up front for the Canes, and his close relationship on the field with both his fellow linemen and QB Ken Dorsey (pictured with Romberg in the header to this piece) helped Miami to great winning success.

Following his Miami career, Romberg was a journeyman in the NFL. After being an undrafted free agent in 2003, Romberg had stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, and Atlanta Falcons across the next decade. Romberg appeared in 44 NFL game, starting 18 of them.

After his playing career ended, Romberg came back to Miami to guest-star and now Co-host the morning drive radio show on 790AM. Romberg was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Another Canes great to wear 66 is Don Mariutto. A 3 year starter at right guard, Mariutto helped the Canes to a 17-4-1 record from 1950-1952.

Don Mariutto

After his Miami career, Mariutto went on to serve five years on the University Board of Directors as Alumni Representative, as Chairman of the Board's Athletic Advisory Committee and as President of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. Mariutto was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Mariutto joined the Air Force after graduating from Miami, spending 28 years in the reserves after his active-duty career ended. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel.

A member of Iron Arrow, the highest attainable honor at the University of Miami, Mariutto passed away in 2012.

Other Canes to wear 66: Darren Handy and Alan Symonette.

That’s it for today.

Go Canes