Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kent State to retire Cribbs’ No. 9 on Saturday

Cleveland Browns wide receiver and kick returner Joshua Cribbs, a two-time Pro Bowler, will have his No. 9 retired by Kent State this Saturday in a halftime ceremony.
“I would just like to say that it’s a great honor to be part of a legacy,” Cribbs said. “Getting your jersey retired is something that people dream of. It means I’m doing the right thing to get to where I am today. It’s great for me, it puts me at great peace. Kent State has been playing football for a long time and for me to be remembered as a great there — I’ll remember for years to come.”

Cribbs is joining Jim Corrigall, Jack Lambert and Eric Wilkerson as the only players in the 88-year history of the program to have their number retired. Lambert is one of only five former Mid-American Conference players in the NFL Hall of Fame, Corrigall is a member of the CFL Hall of Fame and Wilkerson finished his career as all-time leading rusher in Kent State history by more than 1,200 yards (he currently stands second).

“This is a well-deserved honor for a player who brought great recognition to Kent State University when he competed here and continues to do so on an almost daily basis in the National Football League,” Kent State Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen said. “Joshua exemplifies our commitment to excellence both on and off the field and we’re proud to announce today that we will be permanently enshrining him among our all-time greats.”

During his standout four-year career with the Golden Flashes (2001-04), Cribbs redefined the quarterback position, becoming just the second player in NCAA history with two “double-1,000 seasons” (1,000 yards passing and rushing). He set the school career passing mark with 7,169 yards, while his career rushing total of 3,670 yards ranks third.

In addition, Cribbs still holds the career records for rushing touchdowns (38), completions (616), attempts (1,123), total plays (1,755), total yards (10,839), points (246) and total touchdowns (41). The first three-time captain in school history, he was an honorable mention All-American as a senior in 2004.

The game vs. Ball State will air on WJW Fox 8 with the kickoff time moving from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate the broadcast.

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