LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Saturday will be a busy and sentimental day for UofL fans at Cardinal Stadium. Lamar Jackson’s No.8 jersey is retired at halftime of the Louisville-Syracuse football game which begins at noon.
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- UofL Football set to retire Lamar Jackson’s number 8 at half-time in Louisville-Syracuse game at Cardinal Stadium
- Former Heisman Trophy winner to be present as Cardinals remove only second shirt in school history
- The first 20,000 fans in the gates will receive a # 8 black rally towel to commemorate the occasion
- UofL unveiled special campus signage honoring Jackson on Friday, including Lamar Jackson Way and an 8 mph speed limit sign.
The former Heisman Trophy winner will be in attendance as the Cardinals remove only the second shirt in school history in a halftime ceremony in midfield, UofL Athletics reported this week. No.8 will be permanently mounted on the east side of Cardinal Stadium alongside No.16 of the one and only Johnny Unitas.
Louisville painted Jackson’s number 8 on the field to mark the occasion. Fans will be able to celebrate Lamar at The Alley ahead of the game, including photos with fan cutouts featuring some of Jackson’s most iconic moments in his Louisville career, as well as # 8 temporary tattoos to mark the opportunity.
– Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) November 8, 2021
âThis will be a special day for Louisville Football, and something we’ve been looking forward to for months,â said vice president / director of athletics Vince Tyra. âOnce the NFL schedule was released, we were able to overlay that schedule calculation with our own home games, resulting in a bit of serendipity, which we will honor Lamar as we face Syracuse.â
The program surprised Jackson with the announcement of his jersey withdrawal on October 16. Jackson visited a TV studio in Balitimore in hopes of telling the media about his next NFL game, but the UofL had other plans.
âHis true gratitude was so true to who he is as a person and he really touched us all,â Tyra said.
The first 20,000 fans in the gates will receive a # 8 black rally napkin to commemorate the occasion, and all souvenir drink mugs will have a special design available for purchase at concession stands.
Jackson even has his own official day, at least in Louisville. Mayor Greg Fischer has announced that November 13, 2021 will be known as Lamar Jackson Day in Louisville.
UofL Athletics also unveiled special campus signage honoring Jackson on Friday, including Lamar Jackson Way and 8 mph speed limit signs near Cardinal Stadium.
All roads lead to the celebration of 8ï¸!
– Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) November 12, 2021
As announced in July, Saturday is also Military Appreciation Day and Louisville is looking forward to honoring the military as well.
The Louisville-Syracuse clash was previously referred to as a âBlackout gameâ in July to match the team’s uniform selection. However, with dates set to retire Jackson’s No. 8, fans are encouraged to wear anything to celebrate it and the military for the noon game.
Additional in-game content reflecting on-court play and Jackson’s off-court community impact will be woven throughout the game.