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Louisville retiring former Heisman Trophy winner and Ravens QB Lamar Jackson's No. 8

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The Louisville football program is planning to retire Lamar Jackson's jersey this season.

After going down as one of the best college quarterbacks in history, Jackson will be honored by the Cardinals during the Nov. 13 game against Syracuse. The Heisman Trophy winner will also be in attendance. (The Baltimore Ravens will play against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 11 a Thursday night game.)

Jackson's will be just the second jersey ever retired by Louisville football. The Cardinals retired Johnny Unitas' No. 16 jersey. But this means wide receiver Tyler Harrell, who wears No. 8, will need to start looking for a new number, as will defensive tackle Henry Bryant.

Jackson's career at Louisville was nothing less than spectacular. He tallied more than 13,000 total yards in three seasons, throwing for 9,043 yards and 69 touchdowns while running for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns.

Lamar Jackson in action during a 2017 Louisville game. His No. 8 jersey is being retired by the football team.
Lamar Jackson in action during a 2017 Louisville game. His No. 8 jersey is being retired by the football team.

He has his hands on so many Louisville records that it would be easier to name which records he doesn't hold, or is at least top-five in. He holds the record for most career yards per rush, rushing touchdowns with 50, rushing yards with 4,132. He's fifth all-time in career completions and holds the record for most passing touchdowns in a game, with six.

Jackson was named the Heisman Trophy winner in 2016 after tallying 5,114 total yards, becoming the youngest winner at the time and the first FBS player to throw for more than 3,000 yards and run for more than 1,500 in one season.

The list goes on and on. Jackson was also selected No. 32 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Ravens, and his NFL career has lived up to the hype. He was named MVP in 2019 and is a candidate for the award this season as he leads the Ravens to a 4-1 start so far.

Jackson remains a vocal Louisville supporter, he even returned for a game in 2019, as well. Now, he'll get to return in less than a month for a moment that brought him to tears when he found out.

Cameron Teague Robinson CTeagueRob@gannett.com; Twitter: @cj_teague.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville football team retiring Lamar Jackson's No. 8 jersey

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