Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald played only 26 career games at the University of Pittsburgh from 2002-2003, but the seven-time Pro Bowler’s impact is apparently still being felt by the football program nearly a decade later.
So much so, that the school announced Monday that they plan to retire Fitzgerald’s No. 1 jersey.
Fitzgerald, who caught 161 passes for 2,677 yards and 34 touchdowns during his two seasons at Pitt, will become the ninth player to have his number retired by the Panthers.
During his time at Pitt, Fitzgerald set the NCAA record for most consecutive games (18) with a touchdown catch, while also winning the Walter Camp (Best College Player) and Biletnikoff Awards (Best College Receiver) in 2003.
“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 in a statement. “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.”