Numbers Game

For decades, the Arizona Wildcats' gridiron legends have been synonymous with the jersey numbers they've worn.

But who's the best?

Play our numbers game, as we ask the question: Who is the quintessential UA football player to wear each number?

Who wore it best?

The number: 77

The showdown: Mike Dawson vs. Eben Britton

The comparison

Mike Dawson (1972-75)

The stats: The two-time first-team All-WAC player left school with 356 tackles, one off the then-school record by Mark Arneson.

The Tucson High School graduate led the team in tackles-for-loss in his last three seasons as a star defensive tackle.

The details: In 1975, Dawson forced three fumbles, blocked a kick and earned second-team All-America honors.

The Wildcats went 9-2, losing to Arizona State on "The Catch."

The postscript: Dawson was picked No. 22 overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976, at the time only the third UA first-rounder ever.

He died of a heart attack in 2008 and was inducted into the UA's Ring of Honor five months later.

Eben Britton (2006-08)

The stats: Britton was the model of consistency, starting 37 consecutive games - 24 at right tackle, 13 at left - before leaving school one year early.

The offensive tackle was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2008.

The details: Offensive line is a tough position to praise with stats, so we'll offer some color: The creative writing major had a sensitivity that belied his 6-foot-6-inch, 325-pound frame. He is the grandson of Oscar-winning actress Estelle Parsons.

The postscript: Britton was selected in the second round by Jacksonville in 2009 - at the time, the second-highest Mike Stoops era draftee ever - and signed with the Chicago Bears earlier this year.

The one-sentence debate: A Ring of Honor member against a second-round NFL draft pick makes No. 77 a doubly lucky number.

On StarNet: What's your take? Visit the Arizona Daily Star online at and vote for who you think wore it best.

Hill vs. Wade

• Thursday's question: Which University of Arizona football player wore No. 1 better: quarterback Bruce Hill or wide receiver Bobby Wade?

• Results: Wade wins with 60 percent of the vote at press time.

Who wore it best?

No. 77

Mike Dawson DT • 1972-75


Tackles in Dawson's career, 11th-most in school history

Eben Britton OT • 2006-08


Consecutive games started before leaving after junior year