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Carson Palmer explains why he gave Jordan Addison his blessing to wear No. 3 for USC

Evan Desai
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It was recently announced that the No. 3 will be unretired by USC football for Jordan Addison to wear as a Trojan. Of course, the number was retired due to Carson Palmer being so dominant for SC while donning the number.

Palmer won a Heisman Trophy and Orange Bowl in 2022 with the number; cementing a case for best college quarterback of all-time. It's understandable to not like that USC is allowing this to happen, but it is worth bringing up the fact that Palmer has now revealed that he indeed DID give Addison his blessing. Palmer was okay with this:

"He promised to work his tail off and represent all that it means to be a Trojan, and that he'd be incredibly humbled to wear No. 3," said Palmer.

If there's anyone for Carson Palmer to allow to wear his number with USC football, it's got to be Jordan Addison.

New USC Football WR Jordan Addison, like Carson Palmer, is a Consensus All-American. If there's anyone who can be trusted with this number, Addison is a great candidate. Addison won the 2021 Biletnikoff award after putting up 100 catches and 1,593 receiving yards in the 2021 season.

He's poised for another great year too, as he'll be in a much better offensive system under Lincoln Riley at SC and gets to play with a quarterback he grew up with in Caleb Williams.

This is the first time a number has been unretired by USC since ex-USC Heisman RB Mike Garrett let USC DB Darnell Bing wear number 20 in his college career (2003-2005). Bing represented that number in a MAJOR way; winning two national championships at SC as a high-impact player, going to a third, and picking off four passes in his last year with the Trojans.

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Addison is very likely to represent his sacred number very nicely as well, as he's coming into the year hot. He just recorded 17 receiving touchdowns last year and is only getting more experienced at the college level.

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