NUMBERS GAME

Arizona's numbers game: Football: Dawson vs. Britton: Tackles face off on each side of No. 77

Dawson vs. Britton
2013-06-14T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:17:39Z Arizona's numbers game: Football: Dawson vs. Britton: Tackles face off on each side of No. 77Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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 azstarnet.com/polls 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

356

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

Eben Britton OT • 2006-08

37

Consecutive games started before leaving after junior year

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