Pittsburgh set to retire Larry Fitzgerald’s jersey
Current Arizona Cardinal, Larry Fitzgerald, is set to have his number 1 jersey retired by the University of Pittsburgh.
According to ESPN, Pitt officials made the announcement on Monday to retire the legendary Panthers’ number.
Fitzgerald attended Pitt from 2002-03 and instantly became a valuable asset on offense for the Panthers. In 2003, Fitzgerald led the nation in receiving yards per game with 128.62 as well as touchdown catches. Fitzgerald also appeared on the Heisman ballots as a finalist and became the first ever sophomore to win the Biletnikoff Award. Soon, after winning one of the most prestigious college football awards in history, Fitzgerald was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
In a statement posted on AZcentral.com, Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson commented on the achievements of Fitzgerald, saying, “Larry Fitzgerald is the greatest receiver in Pitt history and is well on his way to future Hall of Fame enshrinement in Canton.” He added, “In addition to his exceptional football talents, Larry has always been one of the University of Pittsburgh’s finest representatives.”
Fitzgerald will be only the ninth Panther to have a number retired at Pitt, joining the company of all time greats, Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett and Dan Marino.