College football team to honor Hank Aaron by temporarily retiring jersey number
The world lost a legend on Friday, when Major League Baseball and Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron passed away. He’s considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all-time.
Aaron’s impact stretches beyond the sports world, and one college football team wants to pay proper respect to the legend.
Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported on Saturday morning that Georgia Tech will plan to honor “Hammerin’ Hank” by temporarily retiring his No. 44 jersey for the 2021 college football season by the Yellow Jackets.
To honor memory of Atlanta, sports & civil rights icon Hank Aaron, Georgia Tech football will temporarily retire Aaron’s jersey No. 44 for 2021 season
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 23, 2021
Aaron spent most of his major league career with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. He played for the organization from 1954-74 and then played with the Brewers from 1975-76 before retiring. He was a 25-time All-Star selection, was a 4-time National League home run leader, a 4-time National League RBI leader, a 3-time Gold Glove Award winner, a 2-time National League batting champion, a World Series champion and a National League MVP.
Aaron’s No. 44 has been retired by the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. He ended his career with 6,856 total bases, 2,297 RBIs, 1,477 extra-base hits and 715 home runs.