Anthony Poindexter's Jersey to be Retired Saturday
Charlottesville, VA – Former Virginia safety and current assistant football coach Anthony Poindexter will have his No. 3 jersey retired Saturday in a special pregame ceremony. The on-field presentation is scheduled for 3:13 p.m., approximately 20 minutes before kickoff.
Poindexter, who played for the Cavaliers from 1995-98, finished his career with 342 tackles, the most ever by a UVa defensive back and 10th most in UVa history. He is one of just two two-time All-Americans in UVa history and was 1998 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He earned All-ACC honors three times as a Cavalier. In his four years, the Cavaliers went 32-16 and played in three bowl games.
A two-time team captain and four-year starter, he is tied for sixth in career interceptions with 12 and is the school record holder with seven career fumbles recovered. He twice recorded 19 tackles in a single game – in 1996 vs. Virginia Tech and in 1998 against Maryland.
As a freshman, he and teammate Adrian Burnim combined to make one of the most famous plays in UVa history when they stopped Florida State tailback Warrick Dunn inches from the goal line on the game’s last play to preserve a 33-28 win over the second-ranked Seminoles. With the victory, Virginia ended FSU’s four-year, 29-game conference winning streak since joining the league in 1992.
Poindexter’s senior season ended prematurely when he injured his left knee in the seventh game of the season and later underwent reconstructive surgery. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the Ravens before ending his pro career with the Cleveland Browns. Poindexter graduated from Virginia in 1999 with a degree in anthropology.
He joined the UVa coaching staff in 2003 as a graduate assistant, took over as the running backs coach from 2004-2008 and was named the defensive backs coach prior to the 2009 season.
Poindexter becomes the 11th Cavalier to be honored by having their jersey retired. Individuals recognized in this way will have their jersey retired, but their number will remain active.