We are now into fall camp. There’s plenty of activity on Greentree Practice Field, as the Miami Hurricanes prepare for the 2022 season. But last week Mario Cristobal was asked about a past great — Sean Taylor, whose life and career were tragically cut short in 2007, while a member of the Washington Redskins.
Should his jersey number(26) while at ‘the U’ should be retired?
To which coach Cristobal answered: “Well, number one, you’ve got to earn it. I think some guys have asked for it. And I do not disrespect anyone and not reward them any number, but if you’re going to wear that, you better be the baddest son of a gun on the planet, OK? And I think we have guys that can work themselves there. And if someone gets to that point, then maybe it’s a consideration. 26 — one person asked for it and I just felt that it wasn’t quite the level that it needed to be to wear that number the way it should be worn.”
For the record, since Taylor’s last season at Miami in 2003 (and more on that later) the likes of Anthony Reddick, Ray Ray Armstrong and most recently, Gurvan Hall, have worn that number.
No disrespect to those guys, but Cristobal has a point. You need to be a special player to given 26 from here on out. Much the way Michigan only gives out #1 to elite guys. If I’m not mistaken this began with the great Anthony Carter, and since then guys like Greg McMurtry, Derrick Alexander, David Terrell and Braylon Edwards have been given the honor. Syracuse, has a similar tradition for number 44 (which was worn by the legendary Jim Brown, then Ernie Davis and Floyd Little).