Gary is one of the most iconic Canes in UM history. As part of that infamous play at the one yard line against Notre Dame in 1988, he is entrenched into college football history as well. Gary was born in Stuart, Florida and he attended Stuart South Fork High School where he was a standout football and baseball star. He did not make it down to Coral Gables right out of high school. He spent his freshman year at the University of Georgia before making the move to Miami. He instantly became a star for the Hurricanes after an impressive debut season in the SEC up in Athens, Georgia. He met his hype on the field to the tune of 650 yards on the ground and 794 yards over the air over three seasons. He also provided 18 total touchdowns and upon leaving Miami, was named MVP of the 1989 Senior Bowl. He was drafted late in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. In addition to the NFL, he spent time in the minors in 1990 with the Montreal Expos, where he showed great potential to be a full-time MLB player. Despite the promise, he continued on with football where he lead the league in touchdowns with 14 in 1990. He completed his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, in 1994. He retired with 2,645 rushing yards and 874 receiving yards. He also still holds a Miami Hurricanes record of most catches in a season by a running back with 57.
Here’s a link to a nice Cleveland Gary tribute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUPl1g7g7aI
Other notable 43’s:
Patrick Riley - Riley was a 6-6 283 lb DT out of Marrero, Louisiana and attended Archbishop Shaw for high school. After his senior year in 1994, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 52nd pick of the 1995 draft. He was selected in front of the likes of other Canes such as Chris Jones, Larry Jones, and C.J. Richardson.
Larry Brodsky - Larry Brodsky racked up 1,696 yards with 9 touchdowns over the air over his time at Miami. In 1982, he was picked in the 10th round of the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He never made it on the field in the NFL but did see time in the USFL for the New Jersey Generals and Tampa Bay Bandits where he became a 1,000 yard receiver.
Jack Spicer (punter) currently wears #43 for the Hurricanes. He started his career at Florida and according to his UM bio, “averaged 37.4 yards per punt as a prep.”