Former University of Louisville All-American defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil and his wife Jennifer made a visit to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the Cardinals' game against Syracuse.
Dumervil, the school's first Bronko Nagurski Award winner and current Baltimore Ravens defensive end, had his No. 58 jersey retired during the first quarter of the game.
A native of Miami, Dumervil had one of the most dominating seasons in school history in 2005, finishing with 20 sacks including an NCAA-best six against Kentucky in Lexington. He also had 10 forced fumbles.
U of L coach Bobby Petrino talked earlier in the week about Dumervil's standout career.
"Yeah we used to get a lot from Elvis, and could really rush the passer," Petrino said. "I will never forget when I first came here we had him in spring ball at nose guard. He came in my office after spring ball and he would not leave, he would not leave my office because he wanted to see if I give him a chance at defensive end. I said, 'Elvis nobody can block you at nose, you are so active, you are so tough, nobody can block you.' He said, 'Coach I am only 5'11.' I said, 'Still, nobody can block you.' He said, 'Well if you move me to end, nobody will block me there either.'
"So we kept going back and forth and then I said okay we will give you an opportunity at defensive end and then it is history but man he was good at nose guard. He was so disruptive and you couldn't run the ball, you couldn't pass protect but he has done pretty well at the defensive end spot."
Dumervil joined 19 other former U of L greats with their numbers honored at PJCS.