Carson Palmer comments on Jordan Addison taking retired USC number
It was revealed Saturday that Jordan Addison will wear No. 3 at USC.
It’s the same number he wore at Pitt when he helped the Panthers to an ACC title, put up 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns on 100 receptions, and won the Biletnikoff Award as college football’s best receiver. The only problem? At USC, that number is unavailable.
Rather, it was. USC is pulling it out of retirement for Addison to wear during the 2022 season. In doing so, it sought permission from Carson Palmer, the Heisman Trophy-winning Trojan who last wore the number on the field at the L.A. Coliseum. Palmer gave his blessing, and on Monday, the Trojans shared a brief statement from Palmer on the decision.
”He (Addison) promised to work his tail off and represent all that it means to be a Trojans,” Palmer said, “and that he’d be incredibly humbled to wear No. 3.”
The torch has been passed…
— USC Football (@USC_FB) June 20, 2022
In 2002, Palmer threw for 3,942 yards and 33 touchdowns, leading the Trojans to a No. 4 national ranking and capturing the Heisman Trophy, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Consensus All-American honors and a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection. During his career, Palmer either tied or set 33 different Pac-10 and USC records.
Addison has big shoes to fill.
USC begins its season at home on Sept. 3 against Rice.