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Donovan McNabb Is Not Happy Syracuse Un-Retired The Number 44 Today

Donovan McNabb smiles while on a Boat.

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The No. 44 holds a major place in Syracuse football lore, as it was worn by Hall of Fame running backs Jim Brown and Floyd Little, as well as Ernie Davis, who won a Heisman Trophy while donning the digits. The number was retired in 2005, but today, the Syracuse administration officially announced it would be returned to active duty beginning this fall. 

The move is an extremely popular one among the 'Cuse faithful, but one famous former SU quarterback is very unhappy with the decision. Donovan McNabb, who starred in the orange-and-blue from 1995-98 before embarking on a successful NFL career, went on a Twitter rant voicing his displeasure with the restoration of No.44. 

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While McNabb may have a point that 44 should have been retired before 2005, it wasn't, and the men who made the number famous have given their blessing to bring it back.

There are some tangible recruiting benefits to re-activating the No. 44 jersey, as it will be a coveted number for any running back prospect the Orange is pursuing. All in all, despite McNabb's protestations, Syracuse looks to have made the right move here.