Anyone remember our own “Bowling Ball” from years past? Name?
Don Notthingham! I might still have his football card, somewhere.
I'm thinking it was #44. This was back in the day when fullbacks had numbers in the 40s.
Except Csonka didn't quite make it.
Then there was Norm Bulaich. I'm sure you chanted "Boo, Boo" back in the day. Was he #36?
I definitely remember Benny Malone was #32. He was a decent back after Csonka and Kick left for the WFL. Then Delvin Williams #24 came over from SF for just a year. He had a great year and then I don't know what happened to him. Leroy Harris was in there, too. I remember his 77 yard touchdown run on Monday Night Footbal, as a rookie, I think. David Overstreet, hot rookie out of Oklahoma?, killed before he every played an NFL game, if I remember correctly. Then Tony Nathan out of Alabama, solid back, best known for that hook and lateral with Duriel Harris in the epic playoff battle against Kellen Winslow and the Chargers. This pretty much brought us up to the Marino years ... did we even have any runningbacks while he played? Sammie Smith, I guess, who endured those "Sammie sucks" chants after his fumble. Bobby Humphreys came over from Denver, highly touted, but never did much for us. Then we entered the post Shula days, with Rob Konrad, Karim Abdul Jabbar, Lamar Smith, Ricky Williams, and a bunch of not so memorable guys, all the way up to Lamar Miller, Jay Ajayi, Kenyon Drake and Myles Gaskin. I think there was a Bernie guy in there somewhere, too. Special teams guy who stayed on longer than expected. How is that? Who did I miss?
Editing this later: How did I forget Ronnie Brown? Actually, he had one good game that I can remember. Not a good pick for the Fins, at #2 overall.