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WR expected to be a top pick

Updated: February 5, 2004, 7:28 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Heisman Trophy runner-up Larry Fitzgerald, the Pittsburgh sophomore who set several NCAA receiving records in his two college seasons, was declared eligible Thursday for the NFL draft.

The NFL's ruling came on the same day a federal judge opened the door for running back Maurice Clarett to also turn pro despite playing only one college season.

Under league rules, a player must be in college for three NFL seasons before he can be drafted. Fitzgerald left the Academy ...

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