About 1,000 USC football fans, many wearing replicas of Carson Palmer's No. 3 jersey, showed up Wednesday at Heritage Hall as the school unveiled Palmer's Heisman Trophy and retired his number.
Palmer, the school's fifth Heisman winner and the first Trojan quarterback to win college football's most prestigious award, took a welcome break from pre-NFL draft training to attend the ceremony.
"It's been pretty much one thing after another," he said. "It's great to be back here for a great honor."
Palmer played in the Senior Bowl last week and did nothing to hurt his status as the possible No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. On Monday, he started a full-time, four-week training regime in Aliso Viejo in preparation for next month's NFL combine in Indianapolis and pre-draft workouts.
Palmer and eight other clients of agent David Dunn, including Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser and Louisville quarterback Dave Ragone, are immersed in a program that includes strength, speed and skills training.