The Minneapolis, MN native will become the ninth Panther to have his number retired, joining end Mike Ditka (No. 89, 1958-60), running back Tony Dorsett (No. 33, 1973-76), offensive lineman Bill Fralic (No. 79, 1981-84), running back Marshall Goldberg (No. 42, 1936-38), defensive end Hugh Green (No. 99, 1977-80), quarterback Dan Marino (No. 13, 1979-82), offensive lineman Mark May (No. 73, 1977-80) and linebacker Joe Schmidt (No. 65, 1950-52).
That is a great honor indeed.
"Larry Fitzgerald is the greatest receiver in Pitt history and is well on his way to future Hall of Fame enshrinement in Canton," Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson said at the university's Atlantic Coast Conference Celebration in Pittsburgh via azcentral.com. "In addition to his exceptional football talents, Larry has always been one of the University of Pittsburgh's finest representatives. As thrilling as he has been as a player, Larry has been even more inspiring off the field for his incredible commitment to philanthropic causes. We are proud to appropriately honor Larry by adding his Pitt jersey to a legendary list that includes Ditka, Dorsett, Fralic, Goldberg, Green, Marino, May and Schmidt."
Fitzgerald played two seasons for the Panthers. In 2003, he had 92 receptions for 1,672 yards and 22 touchdowns and led the nation in receiving yards per game (128.62 avg.) and touchdown catches. In 26 career college contests, he had 161 catches for 2,677 yards and scored 34 touchdowns.
A well deserved honor indeed.
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