by Brad Biggs
July 02, 02013
Number one will no longer be available at Pitt.
The University of Pittsburgh announced that it plans to retire the No. 1 jersey worn by former Panthers wide receiver Larry Fotzgerald this year.
According to the Arizona Republic, Fitzgerald will become the ninth player in school history to have his number retired. He played only two seasons at Pitt but in 26 games for the school he made 161 receptions for 2,677 yards and 34 touchdowns. Fitzgerald scored 22 touchdowns in 2003.
Of the eight previous Pitt players to have their number retired, five are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Marshall Goldberg, Dan Marino and Joe Schmidt.
"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 , per the report. "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.”
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