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A Taste of Orange

The Legend of 44

Still counting on #44.

Number 44 at Syracuse University is one of the most fabled numbers ever associated with a college football program. Since 1954, 11 players have worn the number and three have earned All-American honors. Those three—Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, and Floyd Little—rank among the finest running backs ever to play the college game.

The number 44 came to mean so much to Syracuse University, that years ago it changed its phone prefix to 443 and ZIP code to 13244. Those numbers remain, but no Orange football player will wear 44 again. In 2005, SU retired the number and the jersey now proudly hangs in the Carrier Dome.