Did you know......Schlereth purportedly had 29 knee surgeries?
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The story of the best athlete to wear the jersey number 67 is an interesting one. Bob Kuechenberg was drafted out of Notre Dame by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 1969 NFL draft. He was subsequently cut by the Eagles and picked up by the Atlanta Falcons whereby he was immediately released. After working as a salesman for a period of time, Kuechenberg was picked up as a free agent by the Miami Dolphins. He went on to play fourteen seasons as a guard with the Miami Dolphins, being named to six Pro Bowls.
Kuechenberg was a part of the Dolphins championship teams in Super Bowls VII and VIII. Bob was extremely durable as an NFL lineman, with consecutive start streaks of 53, 42 and 49 games. He also fractured his back in August of 1977 and was still able to come back as a starter that season after missing only two regular season games.
Did you know.....that only Dan Marino has played in more Dolphins games than Bob Kuechenberg?
The Great One. Oh wait, that's the other hockey player with the famous number. Although Mario doesn't own the moniker given to Mr. Gretzky (they called Mario "Super Mario,") Lemieux can be considered one of the best, if not THE best, hockey players ever to pull on an NHL jersey. His jersey number 66 is synonymous with greatness for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not only was Mario a great player in the NHL, he is also a great executive and owner. As stated in the summary of the sports book, "Mario Lemieux: Over Time", written by Chrys Goyens and Frank Orr, which features Mario's famous jersey number 66 on the cover, "By age thirty-four, he was president of the Pittsburgh Penguins, once again resurrecting a foundering franchise, this time in a suit." We could write an entire sports book about Mario's accomplishments here. But we won't. Here are some of Mario's career hockey highlights:
Did you know.......Mario Lemieux currently owns the Pittsburgh Penguins?
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Elvin Bethea, the 6'2" Defensive End who played for the Houston Oilers, might not be a household name, but if you're a football fanatic you better recognize him as one of the best ever to play the game of football because the Pro Football Hall of Fame does. He's also the best professional athlete to ever wear the jersey number 65. Some of his creds:
Elvin was a three-time All-American in college at NCA&T State University.
Did you know......Elvin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003?
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At number 64, we have few "flashy" options for the best athlete. However, considering the large amount of NFL lineman who have covered their shoulderpads with the tackle and twill number 64, Randall McDaniel stands out above them all. After all, the man was a twelve time pro-bowler which is impressive for any player at any position (including punter!) Randall wore purple and yellow for the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings (1988-1999.) He also spent two years down in the heat of Tampa Bay (2000-2001,) with the Bucaneers. Randall played college ball at Arizona State University.
A 2006 inductee into the Minnesota Viking's "Ring of Honor," McDaniel can be considered among the elite to ever play on the offensive line in the NFL. In fact, regarding the left guard position, Brad Johnson was quoted in the December 15, 2006 edition of the Star Tribune, saying that "he's the best to ever play that position."