Earnest Rhone

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Earnest Rhone
Texas High School
Assistant Coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-08-20) August 20, 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth: Ogden, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Henderson State University
Undrafted in 1975
Debuted in 1975 for the Miami Dolphins
Last played in 1984 for the Miami Dolphins
Coaching debut in 2009 for the Texas High School
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
 As coach:

Earnest Calvin "Earnie" Rhone (born August 20, 1953) is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins. He now is currently the assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach at Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas. [1]


Rhone was a backup until 1981, when he became the team captain. He was released prior to the 1985 season, which was a big surprise to the team and according to then head coach Don Shula, releasing Rhone "was one of the toughest decisions he has made in coaching." He went on to say that ``Earnie has meant so much to us over the years. I`m sorry it had to come down to this. I`ve never seen a guy work harder to overcome all those knee operations. Maybe in the long run some of those operations caused him to lose a step. You have to assume something happened, because two years ago he was our defensive captain.`` Teammate Bob Brudinski said ``What`s happening down there?,`` he asked. ``The guy is a real good player. He knows the defense inside out.`` Upon his release, Rhone said,``I can accept this,`` ``I have a couple of options open. Of course, I still feel I can play. I just have to decide if I want to play. It`s been a good 10 years here. I realize Coach Shula had a tough decision to make.`` However, Rhone retired.


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