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Back to Main MenuWeather HomeSchool Event ClosuresBack to Main MenuPhotos HomePhoto EssaysBuy Photo ReprintsYour PhotosBack to Main MenuVideos HomeNews VideosSports VideosHigh School Sports VideosEntertainment VideosLiving VideosThis is the logo being used by the group of Syracuse fans who want the No. 44 jersey unretired and placed back in uniform circulation.Syracuse, NY This discussion will probably never go away because those who think the No. 44 jersey should be unretired and placed on the nearest running back aren’t giving up any time soon. So, with that said, I did issue some queries out there to contribute to the discussion.Cheap Jerseys from china Syracuse University director of athletics Daryl Gross responded today and pretty much says it ain’t happening.”Just like MLB has retired Jackie Robinson’s 42 for all of baseball,” Gross wrote by email today, “we have retired 44 out of respect for Ernie Davis the FIRST African American to win the Heisman trophy, as well as Jim Brown the greatest football player ever and Floyd Little our only 3 time All American. Out of respect to these men and their accomplishments 44 will remain retired. The 44 number will always be displayed prominently in the Dome so no one ever forgets the legacy. “I also got this response from fullback Rob Konrad, the last Syracuse player to wear the No. 44 jersey. I asked Rob how he felt about the retirement of the No. 44 jersey:Thank you for your question. I think of the 44 at Syracuse as a symbol that’s interpreted in many different ways. Some people view it as only a number, not relevant in today’s game. Some people view it as a recruiting tool used to entice top high school prospects. If you ask Jim, he might tell you it was just his number while he was playing. Floyd might tell you that it represented a certain expectation of excellence as he followed in the footsteps of two great collegiate running backs. The following is my experience and interpretation of the number.1.) The offer to wear Jim Browns number was a factor in my decision to attend Syracuse, the number was offered to me only after a offer from Notre Dame. When I arrived at Syracuse it was made clear that I was to be held to a different standard for my performance on the field and my actions in the community.http://www.cheapnfljerseysonlinew.top I was the first fullback to be issued the number, I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to statistically compete with the former tailbacks, but the tradition of excellence is what I embraced and was the essence of what the number meant to me.2.) I didn’t understand the history of the number until I spent a few years on campus. When I look back at the number and its history, I think mainly of I think of three great men, a University that demonstrated courage during socially turbulent times, and an outcome that helped to liberalize collegiate athletics. It’s my contention that the number transcends college football and stands as a symbol for equity and excellence. I believe the program should be proud of its history and keep it displayed as a symbol of the values embodied by the University.It’s been said that the only constant in football is change. Coaches, players and schemes are constantly being upgraded and improved. Winning in college football today is quite different from the 70’s or 80’s. My hope is that the new staff will embrace certain core principles that have lead to the past success of Syracuse Football (Northeastern recruiting, high character players, tough preparatory schedule) and match it with the new advantageous schemes of today (unconventional offenses and multiple defenses). New helmets, logos and retired numbers are periphery marketing items that should rest on top of a solid foundation that’s the heart of a program. The core of this program needs to be rebuilt, and I hope it’s the focus of the Athletic Department and the new coaching staff.