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40 days to Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to Wear #40

Who are the best Hurricanes to rock No. 40?

Eddie Brown
UM Athletic Media Archive

Continuing our countdown, we arrive at 40 days until kickoff. While there is no current #40 on the roster, we want to know: who are the most notable Canes to wear these digits? Today’s all-time list includes 3 UM Sports Hall of Famers.

Don Bosseler

Don Bosseler
UM Athletic Media Archive

Don Bosseler came to Coral Gables by way of Batavia, New York, being recruited by Hurricanes coach Andy Gustafson. He was a four-year starter at fullback for the University of Miami and rushed for a total of 1,642 yards in his Canes career. As a senior in 1956, he was an integral part of the best team in Miami Hurricanes history to that point, leading the team to an 8-1-1 record and a #6 overall national ranking, a ranking which would not be topped by a Miami team until the 1983 national championship season. Bosseler was named to the AP All-American team and became MVP of the Senior Bowl.

Bosseler was drafted 9th overall in the 1957 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, reaching the Pro Bowl in 1959 and playing for 7 seasons before retiring from football in 1964.

Bosseler was elected to the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1970 and then, later, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

Pete Banaszak

Pete Banaszak
UM Athletic Media Archive

Like Bosseler, Banaszak was a notherner (from Crivitz, Wisconsin) that was recruited by coach Gustafson and made his way down south to play running back for Miami. Known for his tough running style in a UM career that spanned from 1963 to 1965, Banaszak gained 1,107 yards on 263 attempts and scored 12 TDs.

Banaszak continued his football career in the AFL, being drafted in the 5th round of the 1966 AFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, where he spent all 12 seasons of his professional career. Banaszak was an integral part of the Oakland franchise and helped them make the transition to the NFL in 1970. Banaszak finished his AFL/NFL career with 3,772 rushing yards, 121 receptions for 1,022 yards, and 51 touchdowns. He helped the Raiders to a Super Bowl XI victory in 1976.

Banaszak was elected to the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown
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Brown was recruited to UM by Howard Schnellenberger out of Miami High in 1981; however, Brown did not play his first season until 1983, Miami’s first national championship season, helping the Canes upset Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. In 1984, Brown was a consensus All-American and was cemented as UM’s first great wide receiver, being the initial Hurricane pass catcher to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. Brown’s biggest game came in the “Hail Flutie” contest against Boston College. Miami infamously lost the game on Doug Flutie’s last second desperation heave into the endzone, but it wasn’t because of Brown; he posted 10 catches for 220 yards on the day.

Brown would leave Miami with school career records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns, finishing with 89 catches for 1,754 yards and 14 TD’s in only 2 seasons of play.

Soon after, Brown was a first round pick (13th overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1985 NFL Draft and quickly made an impact in the league. He was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1985 with 53 receptions for 942 yards and eight touchdowns. Brown hit his peak in 1988, winning a bid to the Pro Bowl and helping the Bengals to the Super Bowl with a Cincinnati career record (at the time) 1,273 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. Done on only 53 catches, his 24 yards per catch average still stands as an NFL season record for those with a minimum of 50 receptions.

Brown played 3 more seasons with the Bengals, finishing his pro career with marks of 363 catches for 6,134 yards and 41 touchdowns before he was forced to retire in 1992 due to neck injuries.

Brown was elected to the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Other Notables

Kyle Cobia: The versatile fullback was recruited to Miami by Butch Davis in 2000, and was the backup to Najeh Davenport on the greatest team of all-time, the 2001 Canes. Cobia spent the remainder of his career splitting time with Quadtrine Hill and was both a devastating blocker and a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Poll

Who is the best to wear #40 for Miami?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Don Bosseler
    (23 votes)
  • 10%
    Pete Banaszak
    (19 votes)
  • 74%
    Eddie Brown
    (134 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (4 votes)
180 votes total Vote Now