Retire #5

A few years ago, as WVU was set to retire Sam Huff’s number, the athletic department came up with a set of criteria that needed to be met before a player’s jersey would be retired. At the time, I applauded the effort. Instead of retiring the waterboy’s jersey, WVU would be ultra-selective in its decision-making.

But now, as we bid adieu to a quarterback that has broken the mold at quarterback at our school, it’s time to do the same with our retirement requirements. Who cares if Pat White hasn’t yet had a successful pro career. He’s the all-time leading rusher at QB in NCAA history, he’s the first QB to win four bowl games as starter, and he’s the best damn player in Mountaineer history. All of those, plus hundreds of other reasons, lead me to reach only one conclusion:

Retire #5. Now.

PS: There’s much more to say on one of the better days a Mountaineer could enjoy.  Football, basketball…everything went right.  But right now, I just wanted to get this off my chest.  We’ll be back with much more throughout the week.

[photo courtesy of CBS Sportsline]

11 Responses

  1. Agreed, retire #5 ASAP

  2. No doubt about it.
    No one else should ever wear #5…what a great player.

  3. 3 numbers should be retired in WVU school history: These numbers should no longer be available to wear.

    Jerry West-44
    Sam Huff’s number
    Pat White-5

  4. By the way, that offensive coord. should be fired IMMEDIATELY. He is an awful play caller and even if he would have called a good game today still needs to be terminated immediately.

  5. Do the damn thing.

    The Best. Ever.

  6. Columbus, enjoy the damn day. Shut up about the coaches for 1 day. Start back on Monday, but for today enjoy the mother flippin day. It’s not the Fiesta Bowl, but it’s a solid win over a solid opponent.
    Enjoy White’s career, enjoy beating the helloutta OSU. Enjoy all of the seniors who have given us 4 of the best years in WVU history. Enjoy it today.

  7. and retire the number now, he’s done more for this program than any other player, ever, period.

  8. Columbus is a loser !! Pat White is a Winner !!

    Retire # 5 !! Make a shirt !! I’ll by one …

  9. ….and he’s a class act. It will be retired or the state will revolt against Wvu.

  10. 100 Percent agree…#5 on a wall at the stadium. …and, by the way, Mullen called a decent game.

  11. I think Pat White is a great player and have really enjoyed watching him play. However, I don’t think that it will diminish his achievements at all by waiting a few years to retire his jersey. It’s virtually unheard of for a jersey to be immediately retired upon a player’s graduation, and for good reason, as time helps us evaluate successes more objectively.

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