YSU Football Retired Numbers: 47, 58, 79

Jack Green #47 Jack Green (-Nov. 21, 1939) • Jack Green was a two-time letterwinner at wide receiver during the 1938-39 seasons. A native of East High School, Green played under legendary coach Dwight "Dike" Beede. Green played on the first two YSU football teams in school history. Green passed away because of a severe case of strep throat in the days after YSU's 46-0 victory over Westminster College and before the end of the regular season.
Jermaine Hopkins #58 Jermaine Hopkins (July 30, 1974-Jan. 28, 1996) • Jermaine Hopkins was a four-year letterwinner for the Penguins from 1992 to 1995. He was a key contributor on the 1993 and 1994 national championship squads and guided the Penguins to 41 wins during his playing career.
Jim Zdelar #79 Jim Zdelar (May 24, 1966-Feb. 1, 1993) • Jim Zdelar was an outstanding two-year performer for the Penguins from 1987-88. He was named to the Ohio Valley Conference second-team in 1987 and was named the school's Big Mac Offensive Lineman of the Year. In 1988, Jim graded out over 85 percent in all 11 games, including over 90 percent four times, earning him first-team All-America honors by the Associated Press. The National Football League came after Zdelar in 1989, getting drafted in the seventh round by the Miami Dolphins. His memory lives on today at YSU with the weight room dedicated to his honor.