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College football: SU to retire numbers of McNabb, McPherson

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SYRACUSE — The Syracuse University football team will retire the jerseys of quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Don McPherson in separate ceremonies during the 2013 season.

McPherson will be honored on Oct. 5 when the Orange hosts Clemson and McNabb’s ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 2 when Syracuse plays Wake Forest.

“Both of these men were catalysts for some of the greatest success in college football during their respectful tenures at Syracuse. We want to recognize these extraordinary men during our inaugural season in the ACC as we look to establish new success,” Syracuse athletic director Dr. Daryl Gross said. “We celebrate two individuals who were significant in branding Syracuse football as a national power.”

McPherson, who wore No. 9, was an All-American in 1987 and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He won the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award, which honor college football’s best player and best quarterback, respectively.

McNabb (No. 5) led Syracuse to three Big East titles and four postseason bowl games, including two BCS bowls.

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