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06:56 AM ET 07.02 | Congratulations are in order for Larry Fitzgerald, as the University of Pittsburgh will retire his No. 1 jersey. Fitzgerald 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). "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 [Monday].

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July 2, 2013  07:26 AM ET

It's really too bad for everyone that he plays for the Cardinals.

July 2, 2013  07:51 AM ET

They better start recruiting some crappier players, or they're going to run out of numbers

July 2, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Those are some pretty damn good players he's joining...

July 2, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Outstanding Player, Good for Him!!!!

July 2, 2013  07:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Those are some pretty damn good players he's joining...

absolutely

July 2, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They better start recruiting some crappier players, or they're going to run out of numbers

My thought too, home teams can dress 95 players... They don't have that many numbers left.

July 2, 2013  08:23 AM ET
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My thought too, home teams can dress 95 players... They don't have that many numbers left.

Yeah. I've been noticing how many baseball and hockey players are wearing numbers in the 60s lately. It used to be that the highest number on a hockey jersey was the backup goalie at #30.

July 2, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Class act even in college. Justs keeps his mouth shut and gets the job done,

July 2, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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It's really too bad for everyone that he plays for the Cardinals.

Imagine this guy's career if Brady had been throwing to him all these years.

July 2, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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Imagine this guy's career if Brady had been throwing to him all these years.

....or Peyton Manning.

July 2, 2013  11:19 AM ET

If anyone can make Palmer play like it's 2006 again, that's Bruce Arians... He's trained and tutored some of the very best in the league.

I think they're gonna have a pretty decent year, but it's gonna be hard getting past the 49ers for the division, and if they don't I'm not sure they're gonna be in a good spot for the Wild Card with the Giants, Seahawks, and Vikings all likely to be on the outside looking in too.

July 2, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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....or Peyton Manning.

That'd be like $30-35 million a year, tied up in just those two guys. It wouldn't be impossible to manage that and build a decent team around them, but it'd be a bit of a challenge for some managers.

 
July 3, 2013  12:35 AM ET

Fitz is the only one on that team who even deserves to have a number.

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