Also, "Featured Content" will show a section similar to the one you have at the top of the page link that you provided. You can choose to not use Suffusion's "Featured Content" section and you can use something else if you like.
Anyway, since you don't want to upgrade, you can modify footer.php as you were, but remove the duplicated code that you had.
I dont want diminish (belittle, lessen) you work
The problem is that I do not know if I use a custom field for total number of articles with the functions of your theme
For the featured content: I checked the options and does not work
before updating I have to be sure that everything worked ..
Tnk for your patience, very kind