- Written by Ed Staton
- Published: 22 Nov 2016
Ryan and Kuechly are the most recent additions to the 'Retired Ranks" of Football Jersey NumbersWith the success that Boston College football has earned through the years, quite a few of its players have made quite an impact on the Eagles program and on the national scene as well. To honor those contributions of its biggest stars that include Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, BC has retired the jersey numbers of its most impact players. BC has handled the retirement of its football jerseys in two manners. There are players who have their jersey and jersey number retired. There are also players that have had their jersey retired, but their numbers remain active.
BC Players that have had their Jersey and Number Retired
Doug Flutie No. 22. - Beginning in 1982, Flutie helped Boston College end a 39-year postseason drought by leading the Eagles to three bowl games. Flutie captured the 1984 Heisman Trophy his senior season.
Mike Ruth No. 68 - The Eagles defensive linemen captured the 1985 Outland Trophy as college football's best lineman.
Matt Ryan No. 12 - The BC quarterback capped off his stellar Eagles career with many accolades in 2007. That senior season saw him capture First-team All American honors, ACC Player of the Year, the Manning Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Luke Kuechly No. 40 - While anchoring the Boston College defense, Kuechly garnered many honors during his final season in 2001. The hardware included the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, Jack Lambert Trophy, Lott Trophy and the Lombardi Award. Kuechly also was a 2x Consensus All-American in 2010 and 2011 while being named the ACC Athlete of the Year in 2011.
Former BC players that have had their jerseys retired but their numbers remain active include Art Donovan, Bill Flynn, Gene Goodreault, Mike Holovak, Lou Montgomery, Charles O'Rourke, Tony Thurman and Louis Urban.
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