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39 Days to Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to Wear #39

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Bobby Harden and current ‘Cane Jordan Butler

NCAA Football: Miami at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Harden, Defensive Back (1985-1989)

#39 isn’t a very famous number for the Miami Hurricanes but the first three nine that comes to mind is an underrated legend of #Canes football. Bobby Harden played at Miami from 1985-1989 winning two national titles and playing for another two (depending on who you ask re 1985). Harden, a hard-hitting strong safety, teamed with Bennie Blades, Selwyn Brown, Hurlie Brown and Charles Pharms to make elite safety combinations over the years.

Bobby Harden, from Sunset Piper HS in Florida, is a 6’0 200lbs defensive back. Harden came up huge in big time situations. One memorable game was written about by Carlos Huerta in Craig T. Smith’s “Game of My Life Miami Hurricanes” collection book. Huerta described Harden’s onside kick recovery against Michigan in 1988 as a “Greek God being thrown out of the sky.” Harden leapt into the air to recover the onside kick that led to the Miami come-from-behind victory over the Wolverines.

Against FSU in 1988, Harden had a big-time interception in a 31-0 over #1 FSU. Harden’s 4 interceptions led the ‘Canes in 1988 putting him forever in the record books and media guides. Harden is referenced in Bruce Feldman’s “‘Cane Mutiny” for taunting the Missouri Tigers during a pick 6 in a blowout win in 1989. Harden was injured in 1989 and replaced by Pharms.

The Dolphins selected Harden (back when the Dolphins drafted Hurricanes) in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL draft. Harden stuck around with the Dolphins for four seasons retiring after the 1993 season. Harden’s pro career saw two interceptions and a sack.


Jordan Butler, Long Snapper (Current)

Butler is a 5’9 190lbs long snapper that’s been the Hurricanes’ starting long snapper for two seasons heading into 2017. Butler, an Arizona native, was also invited to the Under Armor All-American game as a long snapper which is quite impressive. Long Snapping is a key part of every football game and often taken for granted.