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To: Syracuse Athletics Department- John Wildhack, Athletic Director

Bring 44 back to Syracuse Football

Bring 44 back to Syracuse Football

Something that never should have happened in the first place, the retiring of 44 from Syracuse as an active football number, has gone on long enough. A program rich in history, yet lacking in tradition, had the one tradition or legacy taken out of rotation.
It is time to put it back in its rightful place, gracing the gridiron atop the hill.
Remove the 44 from the rafters, put up three individual jerseys for Brown, Davis, and Little, and bring it back. Whether it be used as a recruiting tool for a running back, or awarded to an upperclassman who earns it through performance on and off the field. It’s the right thing to do for Syracuse Football.

Why is this important?

If we cannot change the decisions made some years ago with this retirement, the legacy of 44 will slowly become a distant memory when those that know it die off. It’s time to make sure we change the history of the program, and give it back its only real tradition.

Reasons for signing

  • As a younger season ticket holder I'd love to have experiences with 44 for myself, friends, and younger family members. Plus I think there is a benefit to the program having the number used occasionally for special talents on and off the field.
  • 44 was retired by a previous AD who was demoted by SU in the wake of the NCAA sanctions. It was a poor decision among many poor decisions during his tenure. 44 should be brought back to a player who is deserving of it both on and off the field.
  • The only reason why the number 44 became a tradition at Syracuse was because subsequent players after Jim Brown were allowed to wear the number. It was a living tradition. It was the most recognizable tradition with the program. Each day it hangs in the rafters it decays further. You have an opportunity to correct this wrong AD Wildhack. Please act on this for the good of the program.


2021-10-20 21:13:29 -0400

100 signatures reached

2021-10-19 18:11:55 -0400

50 signatures reached

2021-10-19 16:19:59 -0400

25 signatures reached

2021-10-19 15:52:25 -0400

10 signatures reached