LOUISVILLE, Ky. (COURIER-JOURNAL) -- The University of Louisville football team will honor the No. 15 jersey of former quarterback Dave Ragone, who was a three-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, at the Cardinals' home game against the NC State at noon Saturday.
Ragone, who played at U of L from 1999-2002 and started the final three years, led Louisville to two Conference USA championships and three bowl appearances while tying the school record for wins by a starter with 27.
The Middleburg Heights, Ohio, native ranks fourth in UofL history with 8,564 career passing yards and second with 74 passing touchdowns.
He'll be the 21st player to have his jersey honored by UofL. Among them, Johnny Unitas' No. 16 is the only retired number that is unavailable for future players to wear.
Ragone was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year in 2000 after leading the Cardinals to a 9-3 mark and their first conference title since 1972, throwing for 2,621 yards and 27 touchdowns.
In 2001, he passed for 3,056 yards and 23 touchdowns, directing UofL to an 11-2 season that was capped by a 28-10 Liberty Bowl victory over BYU.
In 2002, Ragone passed for 2,880 yards and 24 touchdowns and guided the Cardinals to the GMAC Bowl.
Ragone was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He went to play three seasons with the Texans (2003-05), appearing in two games. He also spent time with the Berlin Thunder in 2005, while earning NFL Europe Offensive MVP honors.
Ragone is currently the Chicago Bears’ quarterbacks coach.