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49 Days to Miami Hurricanes Football: Best Canes to Wear #49

We are now under the 50 day mark!

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Darrell McClover is one of the top Canes to wear #49 at Miami
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Darrell McClover

A member of one of the best LB corps in the history of college football, McClover was very productive as a Cane. From 2000 to 2003, he played in 42 games for Miami. In his senior season, he started alongside Miami greats Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams. He compiled 37 tackles that season and 2 sacks. After Miami, McClover was drafted by the New York Jets in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played in New York for just two years before going to the Chicago Bears where he played until 2009. He recorded 83 tackles in the NFL in addition to 2 forced fumbles as mainly a force on special teams.

Tom Sullivan

Sullivan was a member of the Miami Hurricanes football team from 1969 to 1971. The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame describes Sullivan as, “one of the most versatile players to ever play in the Hurricane backfield.” He had 1,361 all-purpose yards in 1971 which was good for fourth best all-time in a season (at the time). He amassed over 3,000 career all purpose yards upon leaving Miami in 1971. In 1972, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. In only his second NFL season, he rushed for over 900 yards. He finished his professional football career in 1978 with the Cleveland Browns.

Maurice Crum

Crum is one of the few players in all of college football to have lead his team in tackles for three straight seasons (1988, 1989, 1990). While in Coral Gables, Crum was a part of two national championship teams form 1987 to 1990. In his senior year, he was a first-team All-American. While wildly successful as a Cane, he did not have the same luck in the NFL. He went undrafted in 1991 and was only a practice squad member with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Shawn Walker currently plays home to the #49 jersey for the Canes. He is not on an athletic scholarship but he is a local kid from Cardinal Gibbons and should be a valuable practice squad player during his career as a 6-2 217 pound LB.