USC Football WR Jordan Addison admits what it was like to ask Carson Palmer for No. 3

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It was a surprise when USC football fans found out that new USC Wideout and 2021 Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison would be wearing number three for the Trojans. Carson Palmer wore No. 3, and it was retired due to how dominant Palmer was wearing the number.

Palmer won a Heisman in it during the 2002 season--which is considered by many to be the greatest season of all time by a college football player. Some fans had an issue with the team unretiring the number, which is fine, but Palmer gave him the permission. It was his decision, and he explained that he was fine with it.

At USC media day, Addison finally talked about how that conversation went.

"It definitely was (nerve-wracking)," said Addison. "Being on there with a Heisman winner, that's crazy. So I just really want to thank him again for it, and I appreciate it."

It's easy to see why USC Football WR1 may have been nervous to ask Carson Palmer if he could wear the number.

Carson Palmer previously clarified why he was down with Jordan Addison wearing the number for USC football.

"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.

It's true that if there's anyone who would represent the number very well, it's a 2021 Consensus All-American like Addison. Addison is coming off of a year where he caught 100 passes for 1,593 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns.

While it may not be likely, imagine if USC fans look up after this year and see two No. 3 jerseys in the peristyle. Hey--if there's any receiver who can win a Heisman this year, it's got to be Addison.

The best receiver in the country will be catching passes from a Heisman contender this season, and will be making Palmer and the No. 3 proud.

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This is the first time a number has been unretired in 20 years (and the second time ever), as Darnell Bing was given permission by Mike Garrett to wear No. 20 two decades ago. Bing certainly didn't let Garrett down, and there's no way Addison lets Palmer down either.