Intercollegiate Athletics have been part of the Eastern Illinois landscape since the first weeks following the inaugural student-body in 1899. During more than 100-years of athletics on the Charleston campus, only nine numbers have currently been retired by Eastern Illinois Athletics with two in football, baseball and men's basketball withone each in women's basketball, men's track and men's soccer.
#19 - Erik Proffitt (Retired November 1988)
-- Following the 1998 season, Eastern Illinois retired Erik Proffitt's jersery. He was a two-year letterwinner playing in 38 games for the Panthers. He helped the team win the 1987 Mid-Continent Conference championship under head coach Cizo Mosina. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, his life was tragically cut short at the age of 20.
#00 - Kevin Duckworth (Retired September 14, 1991)
-- Two-time NBA All-Star Kevin Duckworth had his #00 number officially retired by Eastern Illinois in September of 1991. Duckworth played for the Panthers from 1983-86 leaving the school as the all-time leader in rebounds and blocks while ranking third in career scoring. An 11-year NBA veteran he was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, but is most remembered for his time with the Portland Trailblazers.
#13 - Nancy Kassebaum (Retired February 24, 2005)
-- Recognized as perhaps Eastern Illinois' greatest female athlete of all time, Nancy Kassebaum had her No. 13 basketball number retired in February of 2005. The school's leading scorer with 1,807 points (record was broken by Rachel Galligan in 2009), Kassebaum was an honorable mention AIAW All-American. She was also a stand out in the class room earning Academic All-American honors in both basketball and softball.
#19 - Marty Pattin (Retired April 18, 2009)
-- A Charleston legend, former Major League All-Star and EIU Hall-of-Famer, Marty Pattin had his No. 19 baseball number retired at a home baseball game in April 2009. The school's career leader in strike outs, Pattin helped lead the Panthers to an apperance in the 1964 NAIA World Series. Following his EIU career Pattin pitched in the Major Leagues for 13 seasons and was a 1971 American League All-Star for Kansas City. He ended his career with Royals in 1980 playing in the World Series.
#17 - Tony Romo (Retired October 17, 2009)
-- Tony Romo has become perhaps Eastern Illinois most famous athletic alumnus currently playing as a Pro Bowl quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys. Romo had his No. 17 retired on Oct. 17, 2009 during a home game against Tennessee Tech, the same day he was inducted into the EIU Athletic Hall of Fame. Romo was the 2002 winner of the Walter Payton Award and a three time Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Romo finished his EIU career passing for 8,212 yards and 85 career touchdowns.
#18 - Sean Payton (Retired September 11, 2010)
-- Sean Payton was an electric quarterback when he led 'Eastern Airlines' offensive attack from 1983-86 finishing as the school's career record holder in passing yards at 10,655 yards. Payton returned to campus to have his No. 18 retired on Sept. 11, 2010 during a home game against Central Arkansas. Payton led the Panthers to the 1986 NCAA FCS playoff quarterfinals and was named to the Gateway Football Conference Silver Anniversary team. In February 2010 Payton led the New Orleans Saints to a victory in the Super Bowl in his fourth season as the Saints head coach.
John Craft (Retired January 22, 2011)
-- John Craft a former American record holder in the triple jump became the first men's track athlete to have a jersey retired in his honor. Craft competed at Eastern Illinois between 1965-69 where he still holds the school mark for the outdoor triple jump at 53'9". As a senior in 1969 he won three of four National Championships as he won the NAIA, NCAA College Division and AAU titles while placing third in the NCAA University Division Championship. He would win five AAU outdoor triple jump championships (1969, 1971-74) and four indoor AAU triple jump championships (1971-74). In 1972 he set both the indoor (55'5") and outdoor (56'2") American triple jump records. He would compete as a member of the US Olympic Team at the 1972 Munich Games placing fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 55'2.75".
#2 Kevin Seitzer (Retired October 13, 2012)
-- Kevin Seitzer the Panthers career leader with a .418 batting average becomes the second EIU baseball player to have his jersey retired. He hit over .400 in each of his three seasons at EIU playing one season at NCAA Division II and two seasons at NCAA Division I. As a freshman he helped the Panthers finish as the NCAA Division II National Runner-Up being named to the All-Tournament team. He ended his EIU playing days as the career leader in hits, doubles and batting average. Seitzer was selected in the 11th round of the 1983 MBL Draft by the Cleveland Indians. He played in the Major Leagues from 1986-97 with four different teams making All-Star appearances in 1987 with the Royals and 1995 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Seitzer was the runner-up for the 1987 American League Rookie of the Year finishing behind Mark McGwire of the Oakland A’s. He hit over .300 in seven seasons with a career batting average of .295. His best season was 1996 when he hit .326 for Milwaukee and Cleveland.
#44 - Henry Domercant (Retired February 16, 2013)
-- Henry Domercant re-wrote the EIU and OVC record books during his basketball career from 2000-03 as he ranks at the school's and conference's all-time leading scorer with 2,602 points. He finished his career ranked No. 26 on the NCAA all-time scoring list. Domercant ranked in the top five in the nation in scoring his final three seasons to become the 11th NCAA Division I player to finish in the top five scorers three times in their career. During the 2001 season, Domercant teamed with Kyle Hill to lead EIU to the NCAA Tournament as both players ranked in the top five in the NCAA in scoring the only time that has happened in NCAA history. He was a three-time first team All-OVC selection, 2002 OVC Player of the Year and 2002 honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press. Domercant currently holds 15 EIU single season and career scoring records.