University of Pittsburgh Football Best Players of All Time

John Rizzo

The University of Pittsburgh Football program is one of the most storied in college football history. From its early beginnings in 1890, the Pitt Panthers have won nine national championships and featured some of the greatest players to ever play the game. Pitt has won 15 conference championships and competed in over 50 bowl games, claiming victory in over half of them.

The Panthers have produced a long list of NFL Hall of Famers, and the school’s legendary alumni include Johnny Majors, Mike Ditka, Dan Marino and Tony Dorsett. Pitt Football is as much a part of the University of Pittsburgh’s fabric as anything else, and the program continues to be a source of pride for the University and its fans.

Table of Contents

1. Larry Fitzgerald Jr.

Wide receiver

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. Career

  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2016)
  • First-team All-Pro (2008)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2009, 2011)
  • 11× Pro Bowl (2005, 2007–2013, 2015–2017)
  • 2× NFL receptions leader (2005, 2016)
  • 2× NFL receiving touchdowns leader (2008 & 2009)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Art Rooney Award (2014)
  • Biletnikoff Award (2003)
  • Walter Camp Award (2003)
  • Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2003)
  • Unanimous All-American (2003)
  • First-team All-Big East (2003)
  • Insight Bowl champion (2002)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers No. 1 retired

Larry Fitzgerald is widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. During his 17-year career with the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzgerald established himself as one of the league’s most consistent and dominant pass-catchers.

He holds numerous NFL records, including most career receptions by a wide receiver and most receiving touchdowns in a single postseason.

Fitzgerald attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played college football for the Panthers. As a junior in 2003, he was a consensus All-American and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver.

The following year, Fitzgerald declared for the NFL Draft and was selected third overall by the Cardinals.

In his rookie season, Fitzgerald quickly made an impact with 58 receptions for 780 yards and 8 touchdowns. He continued to produce at a high level throughout his career, earning 11 Pro Bowl selections and being named a First-Team All-Pro on three occasions.

In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Fitzgerald is known for his sportsmanship and leadership. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his charitable work and was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2016.

Overall, Larry Fitzgerald’s career will be remembered as one of the greatest in NFL history. His combination of skill, professionalism, and character set him apart as a true role model for all players.

Also Played For: arizona cardinals, pittsburgh panthers football

2. James Conner

Running back

James Conner Career

  • 2× Pro Bowl (2018, 2021)
  • AFCA First-team All-American (2014)
  • ACC Player of the Year (2014)
  • ACC Offensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • ACC Brian Piccolo Award (2016)
  • 2× First-team All-ACC (2014, 2016)

James Conner is a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was drafted by the team in 2017 and has since played for them through 2020. In 2018, he was named to his first Pro Bowl and led the league with 1,239 rushing yards that season.

He also scored 11 touchdowns on the ground. In 2021, he again led the NFL in rushing yards (1,291) while also amassing 12 touchdowns on offense. 

This performance helped him earn Second Team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press and First Team All-AFC selections from several media outlets.

James Conner is married to Alecia Thomas. They have two children together - daughter Kailee Marie and son Kameron Johnathan. They both attend a Catholic school in Erie, Pennsylvania where their father grew up playing football as well as basketball.

He also tracks & field before going to college at Pittsburg State University where he lettered twice in football before being drafted into the NFL by Pittsburgh Steelers James Conner is a two-time first-team All-ACC selection and ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. James Conner has rushed for over 3,000 yards and 43 touchdowns in his career thus far with the Steelers. 

In Week 15 of the 2022 season, he recorded 97 rushing yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown against Indianapolis Colts to help lead Pittsburgh to victory.

Also Played For: nfc west

3. Andy Lee

Punter

Andy Lee Career

  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2011, 2012)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2009)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (2007, 2009, 2011)
  • 3× NFL punting yards leader (2005, 2007, 2018)
  • PFW Golden Toe Award (2011)
  • All-American (2003)

Andy Lee is a punter who has played for the 49ers, Browns, Panthers, and Cardinals. 

He was born on August 11, 1982, in Westminster, South Carolina, and attended West-Oak High School before playing college football at Pittsburgh.

Lee was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft and spent four seasons with them before signing with Cleveland in 2015. 

In 2017 he joined Arizona where he continues to play today Andy Lee was an All-American and First-team All-Pro during his time with the San Francisco 49ers.

He is one of only four players to be named a Pro Bowl starter three times, joining Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Ronnie Lott. In 2011 he won the PFW Golden Toe Award as the top punter in the NFL and led the league in punt average that year. 

Lee has also been known for his strong leg on kickoffs, where he has successfully put several touchbacks inside the opponent's 20-yard line over his career.

4. LeSean McCoy

Running back

LeSean McCoy Career

  • 2× Super Bowl champion (LIV, LV)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2011, 2013)
  • 6× Pro Bowl (2011, 2013–2017)
  • NFL rushing yards leader (2013)
  • NFL rushing touchdowns leader (2011)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • Second-team All-American (2008)
  • 2× First-team All-Big East (2007, 2008)
  • Big East Rookie of the Year (2007)

LeSean McCoy is a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was also named to the first team All-Pro in 2011 and 2013. In 2015, he joined the Buffalo Bills and helped lead them to their first playoff appearance in 17 years.

McCoy signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019, but they released him shortly after he sustained an injury during preseason play. 

He has since been picked up by Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will be looking to help them reach playoffs this year as well. LeSean McCoy was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft.

He has been a key player for the Eagles since being drafted and has helped lead them to two NFC Championship games (2013, 2017). In 2011, he became one of only three players in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards and score 10 or more touchdowns in a single season. 

In 2013, he was named to his first Pro Bowl and led all running backs with 112 rushing yards during the game.

In 2016, he recorded 100+ rushing yards in five consecutive contests and finished runner-up for MVP voting behind quarterback Carson Wentz. At 27 years old, McCoy is still developing as an athlete but looks poised to continue playing at a high level into his 30s.

Also Played For: buffalo bills, madden nfl 13

5. Mike Ditka

Tight end

Mike Ditka Career

  • Super Bowl champion (VI)
  • NFL champion (1963)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1961)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1963–1964)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (1962, 1965–1966)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (1961–1965)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Chicago Bears No. 89 retired
  • 100 greatest Bears of All-Time
  • Unanimous All-American (1960)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers No. 89 retired

Ditka is one of the most successful and well-known tight ends in NFL history. He played for the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and New Orleans Saints over his career.

Ditka was a key player on three Super Bowl championship teams (VI, VII, VIII). He also won two NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Awards (1961) and was twice named to first-team All-Pro squads (1963–1964).

After retiring as a player in 1992, Ditka spent several years as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears before taking over as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 1997. In 1999 he left coaching to become president/CEO of FOX Sports Net Southwest.

Ditka has written five books about football including "Play Like You Mean It" which was published in 2009 and became a bestseller soon after its release. 

Mike Ditka was a dominant player in the NFL for over 20 years. He coached the Chicago Bears to two Super Bowl victories and was also named NFL Coach of the Year twice.

Mike Ditka is one of only four players ever inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also Played For: chcago bears, chicago bears

6. Jim Covert

Tackle

Jim Covert Career

  • Super Bowl champion (XX)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1985, 1986)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (1985, 1986)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1983)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • 100 greatest Bears of All-Time
  • Consensus All-American (1982)
  • Walter Camp Alumni of the Year (1995)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers No. 75 retired[1]

Jimbo Covert was an offensive tackle who played for the Chicago Bears from 1983 to 1991. He was a two-time first-team All-Pro and twice made the Pro Bowl.

Jimbo Covert is most famous for his time with the Bears during their Super Bowl championship run in XX, but he also had success earlier in his career with them.

After playing eight years of professional football, including three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Jimbo Covert retired in 1991 at age 36 due to injury. He currently resides in Pennsylvania and works as a financial advisor.

Jim Covert was a standout player at the University of Pittsburgh where he won four varsity letters. He was selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and went on to play eleven seasons with them, winning three titles ('84-'85, '88-'89).

After retiring from football in 1992, Covert went into coaching and led his alma mater (the University of Pittsburgh) to two consecutive Big East championships before being fired after just one season as head coach in 2001. 

Jim Covert is now an athletic director at his alma mater and has overseen several renovations to Alumni Stadium including a new video board that features footage from all Pitt sports teams.

Also Played For: 1983 nfl draft

7. Tony Dorsett

Running back

Tony Dorsett Career

  • Super Bowl champion (XII)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1977)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1977)
  • First-team All-Pro (1981)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1982, 1983)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (1978, 1981–1983)
  • Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
  • National champion (1976)
  • Heisman Trophy (1976)
  • Maxwell Award (1976)
  • Walter Camp Award (1976)
  • 3× First-team All-American (1973, 1975, 1976)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers No. 33 retired

Tony Dorsett was a running back for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos in the NFL. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Dorsett is a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys (1980 and 1981) and a one-time champion with the Broncos (1988).

As a Cowboy, he led the league in rushing yards three times (1978, 1979, 1980). His career average of 1,876 rushing yards ranks fourth all-time behind only Jim Brown, Thurman Thomas, and Walter Payton among running backs with at least 2,000 career carries. 

In 1985 he founded "Tony's Kids Foundation" to help disadvantaged youth throughout the North Texas area Tony Dorsett was a Hall of Fame running back who played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1977 to 1983.

He is perhaps best known for his record-breaking 99-yard rushing touchdown in Super Bowl XII and his two Second-team All Pro Awards. Tony Dorsett also starred at Pittsburgh, where he won three First Team All-American Awards and helped lead the Panthers to their first National Championship in 1976. 

After retiring from football, Tony Dorsett went on to have a successful career as an actor and entrepreneur.

Also Played For: dallsa cowboy, college football

8. Joe Schmidt

Linebacker

Joe Schmidt Career

  • 2× NFL champion (1953, 1957)
  • 8× First-team All-Pro (1954–1959, 1961, 1962)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1960, 1963)
  • 10× Pro Bowl (1954–1963)
  • NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Pride of the Lions
  • Detroit Lions 75th Anniversary Team
  • Detroit Lions All-Time Team
  • Detroit Lions No. 56 retired
  • First-team All-American (1952)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers No. 65 retired

Joe Schmidt was a linebacker for the Detroit Lions from 1953 to 1965. He won two NFL championships with the Lions in 1957 and 1964, and also appeared in four Pro Bowls during his career.

After retiring as a player, Joe Schmidt served as head coach of the Detroit Lions from 1967 to 1972. He is one of just five coaches in NFL history to win more than 500 games at any level (including coaching).

In 2007, Schmidt was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with fellow Lion Dick LeBeau. Joe Schmidt is considered one of the greatest defensive coaches in NFL history. He was a key part of two championship teams with the Detroit Lions and won ten Pro Bowl appearances as an assistant coach.

In 2007, he took over as head coach of the New Orleans Saints and led them to their first playoff appearance in 14 years. He retired at the end of the 2016 season after coaching his final game for the Cincinnati Bengals against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Also Played For: detroit lions

9. Bill Fralic

Guard

Career

  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1986, 1987)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1988)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (1986–1989)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1985)
  • UPI Lineman of the Year (1984)
  • 2× Unanimous All-American (1983, 1984)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers No. 79 retired

Bill Fralic was a guard for the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions in the NFL. He played college football at Pittsburgh. Fralic died on December 13, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.

He was 56 years old. Bill Fralic is best known for his time with the Falcons, where he helped lead them to two Super Bowls (XXXIII and XXXIV). After leaving Atlanta, Fralic spent several seasons with the Detroit Lions before retiring in 1993 due to injury.

Bill Fralic was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 as part of their inaugural class. In 2015, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in Atlanta sports history by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

BillFrlic passed away just days after being honored at an annual charity golf tournament benefiting Children's Healthcare Of Atlanta which raised over $1 million dollars for pediatric cancer research during his lifetime Bill Fralic was one of the most dominant offensive linemen in the NFL history.

He played for 12 seasons and made 2 Pro Bowls. Bill Fralic is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2006. Bill Fralic also had a successful professional football career after leaving the NFL, playing for 3 more seasons with the Pittsburgh Panthers before retiring at age 34 due to an injury sustained during his final season. 

In 1985, he became only the second rookie ever to be named the USA Today Lineman of The Year and helped lead Pitt to their first-ever national championship that year as well.

After his retirement from football, Bill Fralic has devoted himself to charity work both on and off the field; helping numerous organizations such as Toys for Tots, which he started in 1994 with then-wife Tricia Hermann, Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (AACC), Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) among others.

10. Aaron Donald

Defensive end

Aaron Donald Career

  • Super Bowl champion (LVI)
  • 3× NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2017, 2018, 2020)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2014)
  • 7× First-team All-Pro (2015–2021)
  • 9× Pro Bowl (2014–2022)
  • NFL sacks leader (2018)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2014)
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy (2013)
  • Chuck Bednarik Award (2013)
  • Lombardi Award (2013)
  • Outland Trophy (2013)
  • Bill Willis Trophy (2013)
  • Unanimous All-American (2013)

Aaron Donald is a dominant defensive tackle and one of the best players in the NFL. He has twice been voted to the Pro Bowl and was named Second Team All-Pro in 2018.

Donald played college football at Pittsburgh, where he won two National Championships (2013, 2017). He was drafted by St. Louis with the 13th overall pick in 2014 and has since been joined by Los Angeles as his home team.

Aaron Donald is an incredibly physical player who uses his size to dominate opposing offensive linemen. His strength allows him to push through blocks and get into backfield territory quickly, disrupting offenses on every play.

Despite being one of the most physically imposing defenders in the league, Aaron Donald still manages to be effective against running backs due to his quickness off the snap and ability to bull rush them into submission. 

Donald also possesses elite pass-rushing skills, having recorded 43 sacks over six seasons with St Louis/Los Angeles Rams. 

He leads all interior defensive linemen with 11 forced fumbles during that time frame too, demonstrating that he can make big impacts even when not getting sacks. 

Aaron Donald will likely enter Hall of Fame discussions once he retires from professional football given his level of dominance both on AND off the field throughout his career. 

Aaron Donald is a dominant defensive tackle who has been named to multiple All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls during his career.

Donald was the first player in NFL history to be selected as both a Defensive Rookie of the Year and a First-Team All-Pro. He led all interior players with 11 sacks in 2018, earning him NFL sacks leader honors for the season. 

Despite being 31 years old, Aaron Donald still has plenty left in the tank and looks poised to continue playing at an elite level well into his 30s.

Also Played For: los aggeles rams, defensive end

11. Dan Marino

Quarterback

Dan Marino Career

  • NFL Most Valuable Player (1984)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1984)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1994)
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (1998)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1984–1986)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (1983, 1994, 1995)
  • 9× Pro Bowl (1983–1987, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995)
  • 5× NFL passing yards leader (1984–1986, 1988, 1992)
  • 3× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1984–1986)
  • NFL passer rating leader (1984)
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1983)
  • George Halas Award (1995)
  • Miami Dolphins Honor Roll
  • Miami Dolphins No. 13 retired
  • Bert Bell Award (1984)
  • First-team All-American (1981)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers No. 13 retired

Dan Marino is a retired professional American football quarterback who played his entire career with the Miami Dolphins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and is also a three-time Super Bowl champion (1985, 1987, and 1995).

Born on September 15, 1961, Marino attended Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh before playing college football at Pitt. After being selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 27th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, he spent 14 seasons as their starting quarterback.

In total, he completed 5236 passes for 46000 yards and 309 touchdowns while leading his team to 9 division titles and 4 conference championships. 3. Following his retirement from playing in 1999, Dan Marino became an advisor for the Miami Dolphins organization. 

His work focuses on developing young players within the team's system and aiding them on their way to becoming successful pros themselves Dan Marino is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in NFL history.

He was a 3-time First-team All-Pro and 5x Pro Bowl selection, as well as a leader on both sides of the ball. In 1984, he led the Dolphins to their first-ever Super Bowl championship. 

His MVP performance that year helped cement his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. After retiring from football following the 1987 season, Marino became an executive with Miami Dolphins where he continues to serve today.

Also Played For: miami dolphins

12. Fred Cox

Placekicker

Career

  • NFL champion (1969)
  • Pro Bowl (1970)
  • 2× NFL scoring leader (1969, 1970)
  • 50 Greatest Vikings
  • Minnesota Vikings 25th Anniversary Team
  • Minnesota Vikings 40th Anniversary Team

Fred Cox was a kicker in the NFL for 14 seasons, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. Cox is best known for his 61-yard field goal against the Oakland Raiders that won Super Bowl IX.

He also made two other game-winning kicks during his career - one from 54 yards and another from 58 yards out - both against the Cleveland Browns. After retiring as a player, Cox became an assistant coach with the Steelers and served in that position until 2000.

Fred Cox passed away on November 20, 2019, at the age of 80 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Fred Cox played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1963 to 1977. 

He was a two-time NFL scoring leader and won a championship in 1969. After retiring from football, Cox served as the team's general manager from 1978 to 1984.

In 1985, he became the president and chief executive of Miller Brewing Co., where he remained until his retirement in 2002. Fred Cox is a member of several Halls of Fame, including those for both baseball and football, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

Also Played For: minnesota vikings

13. Chris Doleman

Chris Doleman Career

  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1987, 1989, 1992)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1990, 1993)
  • 8× Pro Bowl (1987–1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997)
  • NFL sacks leader (1989)
  • NFL forced fumbles leader (1987)
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1985)
  • Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor
  • 50 Greatest Vikings
  • Sugar Bowl champion (1981)

Chris Doleman was a dominant defensive end in the NFL for over 15 years. He won two Super Bowls with the Minnesota Vikings and is regarded as one of the greatest players in league history.

Doleman suffered from multiple injuries throughout his career but still managed to be an impact player on both sides of the ball. He will forever be remembered for his incredible play during the 1990 NFC Championship Game against Atlanta Falcons.

Chris Doleman passed away due to complications from head injuries sustained in a car accident just days after he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020. 

His death sent shockwaves through both professional football and sports culture as a whole Chris Doleman was a dominant defensive player in the NFL for many years.

He was named to eight Pro Bowls and led the league in sacks three times. Chris Doleman also had a significant impact on the Minnesota Vikings, helping them win two Super Bowls. In his career, he recorded 150.5 sacks which is still a record for an interior defender in NFL history.

14. Curtis Martin

Running back

Curtis Martin Career

  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1995)
  • First-team All-Pro (2004)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1999, 2001)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004)
  • NFL rushing yards leader (2004)
  • Bart Starr Award (2006)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1995)
  • New England Patriots All-1990s Team
  • New York Jets Ring of Honor
  • New York Jets No. 28 retired

Curtis Martin is a hall of who played for the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was known as one of the most dominant running backs in NFL history, amassing more than 12,000 yards from scrimmage during his career.

Martin also accumulated over 100 touchdowns on the ground, making him one of only six players to achieve that feat. 

After retiring from football in 2006, he began working as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football coverage and has since become a regular commentator on other sports programs across multiple networks.

In 2010, Martin received the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award at Chicago's United Center in recognition of his impact on American football and humanitarian work throughout.

His life Curtis Martin was one of the most prolific running backs in NFL history, amassing 14,101 rushing yards and 90 touchdowns during his 18-year career.

He also became a valuable receiver out of the backfield, recording 484 receptions for 3,329 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. Martin earned first-team All-Pro honors four times – including twice as a runner and once as a receiver – and was a member of five Pro Bowl teams. 

In 2006 he won the Bart Starr Award as the best player in the league who began his career after 1991 (the year that professional football went to an exclusively pro style).

Martin retired following the 2007 season with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stating: "Curtis has been one of my favorite players since I've been coaching.

Also Played For: new england patriots

15. Rickey Jackson

Linebacker

Career

  • Super Bowl champion (XXIX)
  • 5× Second-team All-Pro (1984–1986, 1992, 1993)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (1983–1986, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 4× NFL forced fumbles leader (1981, 1982, 1984, 1986)
  • New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame
  • New Orleans Saints Ring of Honor
  • New Orleans Saints 45th Anniversary Team
  • Second-team All-American (1980)

Rickey Jackson was a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1993. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1994 to 1995. Rickey Jackson is best known for his time with the Saints, where he made an impact as one of the team's leaders and defenders.

Over his career, Rickey Jackson has been named to multiple All-Pro teams and received several awards, including two Super Bowl rings with New Orleans in 1988 and 2009 respectively. Rickey Jackson was a dominant cornerback for the New Orleans Saints during their glory years in the 1980s and 1990s.

He led the team to four Super Bowl appearances, including their victory over the Washington Redskins in 1998. Jackson also played for the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring after the 2002 season. 

In his career, he recorded 1,173 tackles, 128 sacks, and eight interceptions. In 2006, Jackson was inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame as part of their class ceremonies at Superdome in New Orleans.

After retirement from football, Jackson became an analyst on NFL games television broadcasts alongside Dick Vermeil and John Madden Jr. Rickey is married to former All-America volleyball player Carla Gugino with whom he has two children—daughter Rianna (born 1993) and son Ryder (born 1996).

Also Played For: new orleans saints

16. Darrelle Revis

Cornerback

Darrelle Revis Career

  • Super Bowl champion (XLIX)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (2009–2011, 2014)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (2008–2011, 2013–2015)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2007)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • New York Jets Ring of Honor
  • 2× First-team All-Big East (2005, 2006)

Darrelle Revis is a cornerback who spent his entire career with the New York Jets. He was drafted 14th in 2007 and became one of the most dominant cornerbacks in the NFL.

In 2012, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had some great seasons there before signing with the Patriots in 2014. He joined the Jets again for two more years before retiring at the end of the 2016 season.

Darrelle Revis is a cornerback who has spent his entire 10-year career with the New England Patriots. He was drafted in 2009 and quickly became one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. 

In 2014, he helped lead the Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl victory, becoming just the second player ever (after Charles Woodson) to win multiple Super Bowls as a member of one team.

Revis has been named First Team All-Pro seven times and Second Team All-Pro twice. He also won two Pro Bowl MVP Awards (2013, 2015). 

After spending three seasons with the Jets, Revis signed with the Chiefs this offseason and is looking to help them make another run at an NFL Championship title.

Also Played For: new york jets, madden nfl 15

17. Jason Pinnock

Cornerback

Career

  • New York Jets (2021)
  • New York Giants (2022–present)

Jason Pinnock is a safety for the New York Giants. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Jason Pinnock played college football at Pittsburgh and was part of their 2017-2020 seasons.

Jason Pinnock has been described as an instinctive player who makes plays on both defense and special teams. 

Jason Pinnock is 23 years old and stands at 6'0" tall, weighing 205 pounds. A linebacker out of LSU, Jason Pinnock is slated to start at middle linebacker for the New York Jets in 2021.

He has experience playing both inside and outside linebacker positions, making him a versatile player on the field. Pinnock recorded 53 tackles in his rookie season with the Jets, as well as 1.5 sacks and 4 pass deflections. 

The 23-year-old will be looking to improve upon those stats in 2021 when he's expected to take over for veteran Demario Davis at middle linebacker for Gang Green.

18. Mark May

Tackle

Mark May Career

  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XVII, XXII)
  • Pro Bowl (1988)
  • 80 Greatest Redskins
  • Outland Trophy (1980)
  • Unanimous All-American (1980)
  • Pittsburgh Panthers No. 73 retired

Mark May was a prolific guard in the NFL. He played for three teams over 13 seasons, and won two Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins. 

May is best known for his stellar play on special teams, where he became one of the most reliable players in league history.

He also made an impact as a starter from time to time, but is more widely remembered for his role on defense. 

In 2001, Mark May was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after receiving nearly unanimous votes from members of the Professional Football Writers Association (PFWA).

After retiring from football following the 1993 season, Mark May moved into coaching and has been working with various levels of athletes ever since. 

Today he resides in Arizona and continues to work with young athletes eager to achieve their goals both on and off the field. Mark May is a former NFL player who played for the Washington Redskins from 1980-1988.

He was one of the best players in the league during that time and won two Super Bowls with the team. After his playing career, he became an ESPN analyst and has been very successful in that role. 

In 2006, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of their class of 2006. As a person, Mark May is known as someone who is always willing to help others and gives back to his community regularly through various charities and events.

Overall, Mark May is clearly one of professional football's most successful players ever and will be greatly missed by all those who have had the pleasure of knowing him.

Also Played For: washington commanders

19. Russ Grimm

Russ Grimm Career

  • Washington Redskins (TE, 1992–1996)
  • Washington Redskins (OL, 1997–2000)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (OL, 2001–2006)
  • Arizona Cardinals (OL, 2007–2012)
  • Tennessee Titans (OL, 2016–2017)

Russ Grimm was a guard for the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1991. After leaving the NFL, Grimm became an assistant coach with the team before being promoted to head coach in 1996.

He led Washington to two playoff appearances and one division title during his tenure as head coach but resigned after the 1999 season due to differences with owner Dan Snyder. 

Grimm later served as defensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2002 until his retirement in 2013.

Russ Grimm is currently a color commentator for ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcasts and also serves as an analyst on select CBS Sports Network programming... Russ Grimm was a dominant left tackle in the NFL for many years. 

He helped lead the Washington Redskins to three Super Bowl titles, and he was also named a First-team All-Pro four times.

Grimm then went on to coach the Arizona Cardinals to an NFC Championship victory in his first season as head coach. Russ Grimm retired from football following the 2017 season, but he will always be remembered for his incredible playing career and coaching achievements.

20. Ruben Brown

Career

  • High school: Lynchburg (VA) Glass
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
  • Buffalo Bills (1995–2003), Chicago Bears (2004–2007)
  • 4× Second-team All-Pro (1998–2000, 2002), 9× Pro Bowl (1996–2003, 2006), PFWA All-Rookie Team (1995), Buffalo Bills 50th Anniversary Team, 3× All-Big East (1992–1994)
  • Games played: 181, Games started: 181, Fumbles recovered: 2
  • Games played: 181
  • Games started: 181
  • Fumbles recovered: 2

Ruben Brown was a standout player at Lynchburg High School in Virginia, where he helped lead the Panthers to back-to-back state championships. After going undrafted in 1995, Brown signed with the Buffalo Bills and made an immediate impact as a backup guard.

He went on to play for the Chicago Bears (2004–2007) before retiring from football. Brown is now focused on his second career – acting – and has appeared in several films and TV shows since retiring from football. 

Ruben Brown is one of only two players ever to have won both the Super Bowl and NFL Championship MVP awards (the other being Joe Montana).

Brown was a four-time Second Team All-Pro in the NFL, and nine time Pro Bowler. Brown played for the Bills from 1996 until 2003, and was part of their 50th anniversary team in 2006. He is second all-time on Buffalo’s list for fumble recoveries with two, behind only Thurman Thomas. 

In 1997 he won First Team All Big East honors as a defensive lineman while at Pittsburgh, where he also attended school before entering the pros After retiring from football following the 2003 season, Brown has since worked as an analyst on ESPN's Monday Night Football coverage.

Also Played For: 2005 chicago bears season

21. Tyler Boyd

Wide receiver

Tyler Boyd Career

  • High school: Clairton (PA)
  • College: Pittsburgh (2013–2015)
  • NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2016–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • 2× First-team All-ACC (2014, 2015), Second-team All-ACC (2013)
  • Receptions: 438, Receiving yards: 5,261, Receiving touchdowns: 29
  • Receptions: 438
  • Receiving yards: 5,261
  • Receiving touchdowns: 29

Tyler Boyd was born in Clairton, Pennsylvania on November 15th of 1994. He went to Pittsburg University and played for the Pirates from 2013-2015. In 2016, Tyler was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round and has since been a mainstay on their roster.

He is known for his speed and ability to stretch defenses deep downfield with his long catches. Tyler married his college girlfriend during the off season in 2018, and they are currently expecting their first child together this year. Tyler Boyd is a talented receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was a first-team All- ACC selection in 2014 and 2015, and also earned second team honors in 2013. In his four seasons with the Bengals, he has amassed over 5,000 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns. Boyd is an explosive player who can make big plays downfield; he is dangerous after the catch as well.

He will be key to the success of the Cincinnati offense this season, as they look to return to their winning ways.

Also Played For: fantasy playoff

22. Hugh Green

Pittsburgh Panthers football

Hugh Green Career

  • High school: North (Natchez, Mississippi)
  • College: Pittsburgh (1977–1980)
  • NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1981–1985), Miami Dolphins (1985–1991)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1982, 1983), 2× Second-team All-Pro (1982, 1983), 2× Pro Bowl (1982, 1983), PFWA All-Rookie Team (1981), Walter Camp Award (1980), Maxwell Award (1980), Lombardi Award (1980), Sporting News Player of the Year (1980), UPI Player of the Year (1980), UPI Lineman of the Year (1980), 3× Consensus All-American (1978–1980), Second-team All-American (1977), 4× First-team All-Big East (1977–1980), Pittsburgh Panthers No. 99 retired
  • Sacks: 37.0, Interceptions: 6, Touchdowns: 2
  • Sacks: 37.0
  • Interceptions: 6
  • Touchdowns: 2
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Hugh Green was a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers during his NFL career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1984 and 1985 and named First-Team All-Pro both years.

He also won two Super Bowls with the Steelers (1990 and 1994). In all, he played 11 seasons in the NFL, making him one of its most decorated players of all time. Hugh Green was a two-time first-team All-Pro and three time consensus All-American in the NFL.

He played for the Pittsburgh Panthers from 1978 to 1980, where he helped lead them to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. Green also won a Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, and Lombardi Award during his illustrious career in the NFL.

23. Kenny Pickett

Quarterback

Kenny Pickett Career

  • High school: Ocean Township
  • College: Pittsburgh (2017–2021)
  • NFL Draft: 2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2022–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (2021), ACC Player of the Year (2021), ACC Offensive Player of the Year (2021), ACC Male Athlete of the Year (2022), First-team All-American (2021), First-team All-ACC (2021)
  • Passing attempts: 389, Passing completions: 245, Completion percentage: 63.0%, TD–INT: 7–9, Passing yards: 2,404, Passer rating: 76.7, Rushing yards: 237, Rushing touchdowns: 3
  • Passing attempts: 389
  • Passing completions: 245
  • Completion percentage: 63.0%
  • TD–INT: 7–9
  • Passing yards: 2,404
  • Passer rating: 76.7
  • Rushing yards: 237
  • Rushing touchdowns: 3

Kenny Pickett was born on June 6, 1998 in Oakhurst, New Jersey. He attended Ocean Township High School and played for the Pittsburgh Panthers in the NCAA.

Pickett was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round in the 2022 NFL Draft. He has played for the Steelers since then and has won a Super Bowl championship in 2021.

Pickett is currently an active player in the NFL. Pickett enjoyed a stellar career at North Carolina, winning multiple awards, including the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given to the most outstanding player in the ACC.

Pickett was also one of the most productive quarterbacks in the nation, leading the Tar Heels to ACC titles in both his junior and senior seasons. He was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals in 2020.

In his rookie season, Pickett led the Cardinals to a 10-6 record and a berth in the postseason. In 2021, Pickett led the Cardinals to their first division championship in over a decade. In 2020, Pickett was one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which he lost to Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

Pickett is a two-time All-American and a three-time ACC Player of the Year.

Also Played For: nfl preseason

24. Craig Heyward

New Orleans Saints

Career

  • High school: Passaic (NJ)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
  • New Orleans Saints (1988–1992), Chicago Bears (1993), Atlanta Falcons (1994–1996), St. Louis Rams (1997), Indianapolis Colts (1998)
  • Pro Bowl (1995), Consensus All-American (1987)
  • Rushing Yards: 4,301, Average: 4.2, Touchdowns: 30, Rec. yards: 1,559, Avg.: 8.8, Touchdowns: 4
  • Rushing Yards: 4,301
  • Average: 4.2
  • Touchdowns: 30
  • Rec. yards: 1,559
  • Avg.: 8.8
  • Touchdowns: 4

Craig Heyward was a fullback for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, and Atlanta Falcons during his career. Heyward was a member of the Saints' Super Bowl-winning team in 2009.

Heyward died in a car accident in 2006 at the age of 39. Craig Heyward was a consensus All-American and Pro Bowler at Notre Dame. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft.

Heyward played for the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts before retiring in 2007. Craig Heyward is a member of the St. Louis Rams Hall of Fame and the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor. Craig Heyward is a motivational speaker and has authored two books.

Craig Heyward was born in Columbia, Missouri, in 1967. Craig Heyward is married and has two children. Craig Heyward currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri. Craig Heyward is a former Notre Dame Fighting Irish football player and member of the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts Hall of Fame.

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25. Marshall Goldberg

Running back

Marshall Goldberg Career

  • High school: Elkins, (Elkins, WV)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1939 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12
  • Chicago Cardinals (1939–1943, 1946–1948)
  • NFL champion (1947), Second-team All-Pro (1941), Pro Bowl (1941), 2× NFL kickoff return yards leader (1941, 1942), Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor, Arizona Cardinals No. 99 retired, 2× Consensus All-American (1937, 1938), Pittsburgh Panthers No. 42 retired
  • Rushing yards: 1,644, Rushing average: 3.5, Rushing touchdowns: 11, Receptions: 60, Receiving yards: 775, Receiving touchdowns: 5, Return yards: 1,103, Interceptions: 19, Military career, Allegiance  United States, Service/branch U.S. Navy, Years of service 1943–1945, Rank Lieutenant
  • Rushing yards: 1,644
  • Rushing average: 3.5
  • Rushing touchdowns: 11
  • Receptions: 60
  • Receiving yards: 775
  • Receiving touchdowns: 5
  • Return yards: 1,103
  • Interceptions: 19
  • Military career
  • Allegiance:  United States
  • Service/branch: U.S. Navy
  • Years of service: 1943–1945
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Marshall Goldberg was a back for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1939-1948. Goldberg was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in 1939, but did not play for them until 1943.

He played for the Cardinals until 1946, when he joined the Chicago Bears. Goldberg rejoined the Steelers in 1948 and played for them until his retirement in 1952. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame in 1979.

Goldberg passed away in 2006 at the age of 88. Marshall Goldberg was one of the best running backs in league history. He was a two-time consensus All-American and a three-time NFL champion. Goldberg was a dominant player in the 1940s and led the league in kickoff return yards twice.

Goldberg was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978. He is also a member of the Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor. Goldberg was born in Pittsburgh and attended the University of Pittsburgh.

26. Matt Cavanaugh

Quarterback

Matt Cavanaugh Career

  • High school: Youngstown (OH) Chaney
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
  • As player, 2× Super Bowl champion (XIX, XXV), Sugar Bowl MVP (1977), As coach, Super Bowl champion (XXXV)
  • TD–INT: 28–30, Passing yards: 4,332, Passer rating: 71.7, Completions: 305, Attempts: 579, Games played: 112
  • TD–INT: 28–30
  • Passing yards: 4,332
  • Passer rating: 71.7
  • Completions: 305
  • Attempts: 579
  • Games played: 112
  • Coaching stats at PFR

Matt Cavanaugh was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1978. He spent three seasons with the team before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 1983.

He spent two seasons with the Niners before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986. Cavanaugh spent six seasons with the Eagles before retiring in 1989.

Cavanaugh was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Patriots and 49ers. He was selected to the All-Rookie Team in 1978 and was a two-time First Team All-Pro selection with the Eagles.

Cavanaugh holds the Patriots record for most touchdown passes in a season with 36. He also holds the Eagles record for most touchdown passes in a season with 36. Cavanaugh is a three-time Super Bowl champion.

He led the Patriots to their first Super Bowl in 1981 and then led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl in 1980 and 1983. He also led the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl in 2004. Cavanaugh is the father of former NFL player Matt Cavanaugh.

27. Calijah Kancey

Defensive lineman

Calijah Kancey Career

  • College: , Pittsburgh (2019–2022)
  • High school: Miami Northwestern (Miami)
  • Unanimous All-American (2022), ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2022), 2× first-team All-ACC (2021, 2022)

Calijah Kancey is a Junior defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Panthers. Kancey is a big player at 6'0" and over 300 pounds. Kancey has started every game at defensive tackle for the Panthers this season.

Kancey has a good mix of size and athleticism, which has helped him thrive at defensive tackle for the Panthers. Kancey is a hard worker and is always hustling on the field. Kancey is a versatile player that can play both defensive tackle and defensive end.

Kancey has a bright future in the sport of football and is looking to improve on his current level. Calijah Kancey is a hard-working and versatile defensive tackle that is looking to improve on his current level. Calijah Kancey is one of the most dominant defensive players in college basketball.

He led the Pitt Panthers to a 20-win season and an ACC Championship in his sophomore year. He is a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was unanimously selected by the media.

 He is a tough defender with a high basketball IQ. He is a versatile player that can play both the 2 and the 3 positions.

He is a great passer and shooter from outside. He is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game. He is an important part of the Pitt Panthers' dynasty. He is a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

He has a high basketball IQ and is a versatile defender. He is a great teammate and always has the team's best interest at heart. He is a great leader and will be a key part of the Pitt Panthers' future.

28. Scott McKillop

Linebacker

Career

  • High school: Allegheny Township (PA) Kiski
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 146
  • San Francisco 49ers (2009–2010), Buffalo Bills (2011–2012)
  • 2008 All-American (FWAA, CBS Sports), 2008 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, 2× First team All-Big East (2007, 2008)
  • Tackles: 19, Sacks: 0.0, Interceptions: 0
  • Tackles: 19
  • Sacks: 0.0
  • Interceptions: 0

Scott McKillop was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played for the team for two seasons before being released in 2010. McKillop played linebacker for the 49ers, and was considered a strong safety in college.

McKillop has also played for the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders. McKillop is currently a free agent and is hoping to find a new team in the near future. McKillop is a hard-nosed linebacker who is known for his aggressive play. 

McKillop is also known for his strong leadership skills, and is a core member of the 49ers' "Legion of Boom" defense. McKillop is a three-time Pro Bowler and has been named to the All-Pro Team twice. McKillop is a native of Pennsylvania, and is married with two children. 

McKillop is considered one of the best linebackers in the NFL, and is always looking to make a big impact on the field.

29. Nathan Peterman

Quarterback

Career

  • High school: Bartram Trail, (St. Johns, Florida)
  • College: Tennessee (2012–2014), Pittsburgh (2015–2016)
  • NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 171
  • Buffalo Bills (2017–2018), Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders (2018–2021), Chicago Bears (2022–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • TD–INT: 4–13, Completion percentage: 53.1%, Passing yards: 712, Passer rating: 39.4, Rushing yards: 91, Rushing touchdowns: 1
  • TD–INT: 4–13
  • Completion percentage: 53.1%
  • Passing yards: 712
  • Passer rating: 39.4
  • Rushing yards: 91
  • Rushing touchdowns: 1

Nathan Peterman was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Peterman played quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2012 to 2014 and for the Pittsburgh Panthers from 2015 to 2016.

His stock fell in 2017 after he completed just 57.3% of his passes for 2,907 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions in eight games as a starter for the Buffalo Bills. 

Peterman has reportedly impressed Bears head coach Matt Nagy during offseason workouts and has been given a fair chance to win the starting quarterback job.

If he can improve his accuracy and play better under pressure, Peterman has a chance to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. Peterman is married and has one daughter. 

Nathan Peterman was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Peterman was the starting quarterback for the Bills from Week 1 of the 2017 NFL Season until he was benched in Week 3 of the 2018 NFL Season.

Peterman was then traded to the Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for a 2019 NFL Draft pick. Peterman was the starting quarterback for the Raiders in the 2018 NFL Season until he was benched in Week 16 of the 2018 NFL Season. 

Peterman was then traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 2020 NFL Draft pick. Peterman was the starting quarterback for the Bears in the 2019 NFL Season until he was benched in Week 14 of the 2019 NFL Season.

Peterman was then traded to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a 2021 NFL Draft pick. Peterman was the starting quarterback for the Bills in the 2020 NFL Season until he was benched in Week 16 of the 2020 NFL Season. Peterman was then traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 2022 NFL Draft pick.

30. T.J. Clemmings

Offensive lineman

T.J. Clemmings Career

  • High school: Paterson Catholic, (Paterson, New Jersey)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
  • Minnesota Vikings (2015–2016), Washington Redskins (2017), Oakland Raiders (2018), Chicago Bears (2019)
  • First-team All-ACC (2014)
  • Games played: 41, Games started: 32
  • Games played: 41
  • Games started: 32

T.J. Clemmings was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Clemmings played college football at Pittsburgh. Clemmings has played in 47 games in the NFL, including 36 starts.

Clemmings has played both tackle positions and has been a key contributor for the Vikings. Clemmings has been named to the Pro Bowl twice, and was named first-team All-Pro in 2016. Clemmings is a strong run blocker, and is known for his toughness.

Clemmings is entering the final year of his contract with the Vikings. Clemmings is married and has two children. Clemmings is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Clemmings was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Clemmings played for the Washington Redskins in 2017 and the Oakland Raiders in 2018. Clemmings was traded to the Chicago Bears in 2019.

31. Jabaal Sheard

Defensive lineman

Jabaal Sheard Career

  • High school: Hollywood Hills, (Hollywood, Florida)
  • College: Pittsburgh (2007–2010)
  • Position: Defensive end
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37
  • Cleveland Browns (2011–2014), New England Patriots (2015–2016), Indianapolis Colts (2017–2019), Jacksonville Jaguars (2020), New York Giants (2020), Miami Dolphins (2021)
  • Super Bowl champion (LI), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011), Big East Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
  • Total tackles: 407, Sacks: 53.0, Forced fumbles: 14, Fumble recoveries: 3
  • Total tackles: 407
  • Sacks: 53.0
  • Forced fumbles: 14
  • Fumble recoveries: 3

Jabaal Sheard played college football at Pittsburgh before being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2011 NFL Draft. Sheard was traded to the New England Patriots in 2015 and played with the team until 2016.

Sheard signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 and played with the team until 2019. Sheard has appeared in 82 career NFL games, making 34 total tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Sheard is a defensive end who primarily plays on the outside of the defense.

Sheard was born in Hollywood, Florida in 1989. Sheard is married to Amala Sheard and has two children. Sheard is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Sheard is a native American. Jabaal Sheard is a pass rusher for the Jacksonville Jaguars who was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Sheard has consistently produced in the NFL, earning All-Rookie Team and PFWA All-NFL Team honors in his first season. He has also been a major contributor on the Jaguars' defense, recording 37 sacks and 53 forced fumbles in his five-year career. 

Sheard is a versatile player, able to rush the passer and stop the run. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and could be a key player for the Jaguars as they look to contend in 2020.

32. Mark Stepnoski

Career

  • High school: Erie (PA) Cathedral
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 3 / Pick: 57
  • Dallas Cowboys (1989–1994), Houston / Tennessee Oilers (1995–1998), Dallas Cowboys (1999–2001)
  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII), First-team All-Pro (1992), 2× Second-team All-Pro (1994, 1996), 5× Pro Bowl (1992–1996), NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, Consensus All-American (1988), Pennsylvania All-Century Team[1]
  • Games Played: 194, Games Started: 162
  • Games Played: 194
  • Games Started: 162

Mark Stepnoski was a 3rd round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1989. He played for the Cowboys from 1989 to 1994. He then played for the Houston Oilers and Dallas Cowboys again from 1995 to 1998.

He was with the Cowboys for the 1999 and 2001 seasons. He is now a center for the Baltimore Ravens. He has made the Pro Bowl twice, in 2002 and 2004. He is a three-time All-Pro selection, and is the Cowboys all-time leading receiver with 1,093 yards.

He is also the team's second all-time leading rusher with 4,844 yards. He has been married to his wife, Colleen, since 1995.

Stepnoski was a two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowler with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Stepnoski was consensus All-American and first-team All-Pro in 1992.

Stepnoski holds the Steelers franchise record for most tackles in a game, with 18 against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996. Stepnoski was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Stepnoski is currently an analyst for ESPN.

33. Bill Maas

Career

  • High school: Newtown Square (PA) Marple Newtown
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1984–1992), Green Bay Packers (1993)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1984), 2× First-team All-Pro (1986, 1987), 2× Second-team All-Pro (1986, 1987), 2× Pro Bowl (1986, 1987), PFWA All-Rookie Team (1984)
  • Sacks: 40, Touchdowns: 2, Safeties: 2
  • Sacks: 40
  • Touchdowns: 2
  • Safeties: 2

Bill Maas was a force in the Chiefs' run to four straight AFC championships in the 1980s. He was a two-time All-Pro and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1988.

Maas was traded to the Packers in 1993 and started all 16 games for them that season. He recorded 8.5 sacks and helped the Packers win their first Super Bowl championship.

Maas played for the Chiefs, Packers and Minnesota Vikings in his career. He was inducted into the Chiefs' Hall of Fame in 2006. Maas is currently an analyst for NFL Network.

Bill Maas was an all-pro defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1980s. Maas was one of the league's most consistent defenders, racking up 40 sacks and two touchdowns over his career.

He was a two-time first-team All-Pro, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1986 and 1987. Maas was a force on the Eagles' defense, helping them reach the playoffs both years he was in the league. After playing his final game in 1987, Maas retired from the NFL and moved on to a successful career in business.

Maas is currently a successful business executive, and is known for his work in the sports industry. Bill Maas is a Hall of Fame inductee, and he is widely considered one of the best defensive linemen in NFL history. 

He was inducted into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame in 2006. Maas is a respected member of the sports community, and he has made a significant impact on the game of football over the course of his career.

34. Antonio Bryant

Antonio Bryant Career

  • High school: Miami Northwestern, (Miami, Florida)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 63
  • Dallas Cowboys (2002–2004), Cleveland Browns (2004–2005), San Francisco 49ers (2006), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008–2009), Cincinnati Bengals (2010)*, Seattle Seahawks (2012)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2008), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2002), Biletnikoff Award (2000), Consensus All-American (2000), 2× First-team All-Big East (2000, 2001)
  • Receptions: 372, Receiving yards: 5,685, Receiving touchdowns: 30
  • Receptions: 372
  • Receiving yards: 5,685
  • Receiving touchdowns: 30

Antonio Bryant was a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco 49ers. Bryant had a successful career, amassing over 1,000 yards in each of his three NFL seasons.

Bryant was a key player for the Cowboys during their Super Bowl championship run in 1999. Bryant was traded to Cleveland in 2004 and helped the Browns make the playoffs that season. Bryant was released by the 49ers in 2006, and signed with the Cowboys the following year.

Bryant retired from the NFL in 2009. Bryant is currently a football analyst for Fox Sports. Bryant has two children. Bryant is a Miami Northwestern graduate. Bryant was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft. Bryant played for the Bengals from 2010 to 2012.

Bryant is a three-time First-team All-Big East Conference selection and a 2-time consensus All-American. Bryant set the single season Bengals receiving record with 1,409 yards in 2012.

Bryant was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2008 following a successful return to the field following a three-year injury absence.

Bryant is also a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner and a three-time Pro Bowler. Bryant has scored 30 touchdowns in his NFL career. Bryant is a member of the Bengals hall of fame. Bryant currently plays for the Oakland Raiders.

35. Gary Burley

Gary Burley Career

  • High school: Grove City, (Grove City, Ohio)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 3 / Pick: 55
  • Cincinnati Bengals (1976–1983), Atlanta Falcons (1984)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1976)
  • Sacks: 37.0, Safeties: 1
  • Sacks: 37.0
  • Safeties: 1

Gary Burley was a 3rd round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1976 NFL Draft. He played defensive end for the team for 11 seasons. Gary Burley was a key player for the Steelers during their heyday in the 1980s.

He was a part of the team that made it to the Super Bowl in 1982 and 1983. Gary Burley was released by the Steelers in 1988 and spent the next two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Gary Burley retired from football in 1990.

He later started a successful business career. Gary Burley was inducted into the Steelers Hall of Fame in 2006. Gary Burley currently resides in Ohio. Gary Burley was drafted in 1976 by the Cincinnati Bengals, and he played for them from 1976-1983.

He was a key part of the Bengals defense during that time and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 1976.  He then played for the Atlanta Falcons from 1984-1985 and was part of their Super Bowl-winning team. Gary Burley retired from the NFL in 1985 and now works as a football coach.

36. Bill Daddio

Career

  • 1936–1938: Pittsburgh
  • 1941–1942: Chicago Cardinals
  • 1946: Buffalo Bisons
  • Position(s): End, kicker
  • 1947–1951: Allegheny
  • 1952: Chicago Cardinals (line)
  • 1954–1958: Purdue (assistant)
  • 1959: Notre Dame (ends)
  • ?: Philadelphia Eagles (personnel)
  • 1969–1987: Denver Broncos (scout)

Bill Daddio was a kicker and end for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1936-1938 seasons. He then spent two seasons with the Chicago Cardinals, before joining the Buffalo Bisons in 1946.

Daddio coached the Philadelphia Eagles from 1966-1968. He then served as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers from 1969-1970. Daddio then returned to coaching with the Steelers in 1971, where he remained until his retirement in 1989.

Bill Daddio is considered one of the most successful coaches in Steelers history, winning two Super Bowls with the team. Daddio was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. He was also named the NFL's Coach of the Year in 1972.

Bill Daddio passed away on July 5, 1989 at the age of 73. Daddio was an assistant coach for the Chicago Cardinals from 1952 to 1958 and then for the Purdue Boilermakers from 1959 to 1967. He was the head coach of the Denver Broncos from 1969 to 1987, compiling a record of 14-18-5.

Daddio was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. He is currently a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles. Bill Daddio was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in October 1919. 

Daddio played football at Purdue and was a three-time All-American. After his playing days were over, Daddio became an assistant coach at various schools, including the Chicago Cardinals, Notre Dame, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Daddio died in December 1990 at the age of 70.

37. H. B. Blades

Career

  • High school: Plantation (Plantation, Florida)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 179
  • Washington Redskins (2007–2010)
  • First-team All-America (2006), Big East Defensive Player of the Year (2006), 3× First-team All-Big East (2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Tackles: 139, Sacks: 0.0, PDs: 1
  • Tackles: 139
  • Sacks: 0.0
  • PDs: 1

H.B. Blades was drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played for the team for three seasons before being released in 2010. Blades played linebacker for the Redskins, and had a total of 66 tackles and 2 interceptions in his career.

Blades was born in Florida in 1984, and attended Plantation High School. He then went on to play college football at Pittsburg. After playing in the NFL, Blades has since retired from the sport. He now works as a linebacker coach for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the American Football League (AFL).

Blades is married and has two children. Blades was a three-time First-team All-Big East player and was named 2006 Big East Defensive Player of the Year. 

Blades has 139 tackles and 0.0 sacks in his career in the NFL. Blades is entering his 10th season in the NFL. Blades was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Blades played for the Lions from 2006-2012. Blades was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. Blades has played for the 49ers since 2013. Blades is entering his fifth season with the 49ers. Blades is a defensive tackle.

38. Paul Martha

Career

  • High school: Shady Side Academy
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
  • AFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 9 / Pick: 69
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1964–1969), Denver Broncos (1970)

Paul Martha is a safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has played for the team since 1967. Martha was a standout high school player in Pittsburgh, winning several awards.

He was drafted by the Steelers in the 10th round of the 1967 NFL Draft. Martha has played in over 100 games for the Steelers, recording over 1,000 tackles. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1970s.

Martha is a member of the Steelers Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Martha and his wife have three children and twelve grandchildren. Martha is a resident of Pittsburgh. Martha is a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and enjoys spending time with his family.

Paul Martha was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round of the 1964 NFL Draft. He played for the Steelers from 1964-1969, and then played for the Denver Broncos in 1970. 

 Martha was a Pro Bowl selection in 1968, and he was named to the All-Pro Team in 1969. He finished his career with the Denver Broncos, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Martha was a dominant force on the offensive line during his career, and he helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls. He is a highly respected member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he is widely considered to be one of the best offensive linemen in history. 

Martha is a true pioneer in the NFL, and his influence on the league is still felt today. Paul Martha is a true legend in the NFL, and he will be remembered for his contributions for years to come.

39. Louis Riddick

Career

  • High school: Perkasie (PA) Pennridge
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 9 / Pick: 248
  • World Bowl champion (1992)
  • Tackles: 172, Sacks: 2, Safeties: 1
  • Tackles: 172
  • Sacks: 2
  • Safeties: 1

Louis Riddick was a safety who played in the NFL for seventeen seasons, most notably with the Atlanta Falcons. Riddick was a four-time Pro Bowler and was named to the All-Pro First Team in 1996.

Riddick was a versatile player who was capable of playing both free and strong safety. Riddick was traded to the Falcons in 1996 and played there until 2003. He then played for the Cleveland Browns before retiring in 2007.

Riddick is now a sports analyst for ESPN. Louis Riddick was born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania and attended Perkasie High School. After high school, Riddick attended Pittsburg where he played for the Pittsburg Panthers. Riddick was drafted in the ninth round by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1991 NFL Draft.

Louis Riddick is a professional football scout who has spent the majority of his career with the Washington Redskins. Riddick has also worked for the Philadelphia Eagles and was most recently the director of pro personnel for the team. 

He has been a part of two World Bowl championships, one with the Redskins in 1992 and the other with the Eagles in 2008.

Louis Riddick is a highly respected member of the scouting community and is considered to be one of the best evaluators in the game. He is a very cerebral player and is known for his analytical approach to scouting. 

Riddick is a very versatile scout and has worked in a number of different positions within the scouting department. He is a true professional and is always looking to learn new things in order to improve his skills.

Louis Riddick is a dedicated member of the scouting community and is always looking to help others. He is a hard worker and is always looking for ways to improve his skills.

40. Dorin Dickerson

Dorin Dickerson Career

  • High school: Imperial (PA) West Allegheny
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 227
  • Houston Texans (2010–2011), Pittsburgh Steelers (2011)*, New England Patriots (2011)*, Buffalo Bills (2012), Detroit Lions (2013), Tennessee Titans (2014–2015)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • AP, CBS, FWAA All-American (2009)
  • Receptions: 11, Receiving yards: 151, Receiving touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 11
  • Receiving yards: 151
  • Receiving touchdowns: 0

Dickerson was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 2010 NFL Draft. Dickerson played for the Houston Texans from 2010 to 2011. Dickerson then played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2011 to 2014.

Dickerson was released by the Steelers in 2014. Dickerson then signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015. Dickerson was released by the Colts in 2016. Dickerson signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2017.

Dickerson was released by the Oakland Raiders in 2018. Dickerson is currently a free agent. Dorin Dickerson was a four-year starter at cornerback for the New England Patriots. Dickerson was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.

Dickerson started 15 games for the Patriots in 2009 and 2010. Dickerson signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2012. Dickerson played in 43 games for the Bills, recording 218 tackles, two sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles. Dickerson was traded to the Detroit Lions in 2013.

Dickerson played in all 16 games for the Lions in 2013 and recorded 69 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Dickerson was released by the Lions in 2014 and signed with the Tennessee Titans. Dickerson was released by the Titans in 2015 and signed with the New England Patriots.

Dickerson was released by the Patriots in 2016 and signed with the Detroit Lions. Dickerson was released by the Lions in 2017 and signed with the Buffalo Bills.

41. Julius Dawkins

Career

  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 12 / Pick: 320
  • Buffalo Bills (1983–1984), Pittsburgh Gladiators (1988, 1990)
  • Second-team All-Arena (1990), First-team All-American (1981)
  • Receptions: 32, Receiving yards: 418, Receiving touchdowns: 3
  • Receptions: 32
  • Receiving yards: 418
  • Receiving touchdowns: 3

Julius Dawkins was a wide receiver for Pittsburgh during the 1980s. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 12th round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Dawkins played for the Bills and the Pittsburgh Gladiators during his NFL career.

He was a two-time All-American and won the Heisman Trophy in 1987. Julius Dawkins is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is currently a commentator for the NFL on Fox. Julius Dawkins was a two-time first team All-American and was a key player on two second-place Arena teams.

He played in the NFL for 14 seasons, starting for the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. Julius Dawkins was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame in 2004. 

Julius Dawkins was born in Baltimore and attended Bishop McNamara High School. Julius Dawkins died in 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

42. Gordon Jones

Career

  • College: Pittsburgh
  • Position: Wide receiver
  • NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1979–1982), Los Angeles Rams (1983–1984)
  • Receptions: 94, Receiving yards: 1,402, Touchdowns: 8
  • Receptions: 94
  • Receiving yards: 1,402
  • Touchdowns: 8

Gordon Jones was a wide receiver who played in the NFL for the Buccaneers and Jets. He was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1957. He attended Pittsburgh and played for the Pirates from 1976 to 1979.

Jones was drafted by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He played for the Buccaneers from 1979 to 1982 and for the Jets from 1983 to 1985. He had career totals of 523 receptions, 6,814 yards, and 44 touchdowns.

Jones was inducted into the Bucs' Hall of Fame in 2007. He is currently the receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins. Jones is married and has two children. Gordon Jones was a standout wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams during the early 1980s.

Gordon Jones was drafted by the Rams in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Gordon Jones made an immediate impact with the Rams, catching 94 passes for 1,402 yards and eight touchdowns. Gordon Jones left the Rams after the 1984 season, but he continued to play in the NFL.

Gordon Jones was inducted into the Rams Hall of Fame in 2003. Gordon Jones is currently a broadcaster for the Rams. Gordon Jones is a two-time Super Bowl champion, having won with the Rams in 1983 and the San Francisco 49ers in 1988. Gordon Jones is also a two-time Pro Bowler.

Gordon Jones is one of the most successful wide receivers in Rams history.

43. Patrick Jones II

Career

  • High school: Grassfield (Chesapeake, Virginia)
  • College: Pittsburgh (2017–2020)
  • NFL Draft: 2021 / Round: 3 / Pick: 90
  • Minnesota Vikings (2021–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Consensus First-team All-American (2020), First-team All-ACC (2020), Second-team All-ACC (2019)
  • Total tackles: 20, Sacks: 4.0
  • Total tackles: 20
  • Sacks: 4.0

Patrick Jones II was born in Yokosuka, Japan in 1998. He attended Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Virginia and played for the school's football team.

He played college football for the Pittsburgh Panthers from 2017 to 2020. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 35 games for the Vikings, recording 110 total tackles, three sacks, and one interception.

He is currently a member of the Vikings' practice squad. Patrick Jones II is an All-American and ACC first-teamer. He was drafted in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones II is a versatile linebacker who can play both inside and outside linebacker.

He has 4.0 sacks in his career. Jones II is a hard hitter and a fierce competitor on the field. He is a team leader and a vocal leader on the Eagles defense. 

He is a playmaker and is always making big plays on the field. Jones II is a smart player who understands the game well. He is a tough player who can take a lot of punishment on the field.

44. Bob Jury

Career

  • High school: South Park (PA)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 63
  • San Francisco 49ers (1978)
  • Consensus All-American (1977)

Bob Jury was born on October 5, 1955 in Los Angeles, California. He attended high school in South Park, Pennsylvania and played football and basketball there.

He then played college football at Pittsburgh and was a two-time All-American. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1978 NFL Draft and played for them for four seasons.

He then played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring in 1991. He has since worked as a football commentator and has also served as a coach at the college level.

He was inducted into the Pittsburgh Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He is married and has two children. Bob Jury is 67 years old and 6 feet 1 inch tall. After amassing consensus All-American honors in 1977, Bob Jury entered the 1978 NFL Draft.

Jury was selected 10th overall by the San Francisco 49ers and spent four seasons with the team. In 1981, he was traded to the Detroit Lions, where he played for two more seasons. After being released by the Lions, Jury signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he finished his career in 1987.

In total, Jury was a three-time Pro Bowler and was elected to the NFL's Hall of Fame in 1993. After his playing days ended, Jury became an NFL analyst and commentator. 

Bob Jury is now a successful businessman and father of four. Bob Jury was a three-time Pro Bowler and was elected to the NFL's Hall of Fame in 1993.

After his playing days ended, Jury became an NFL analyst and commentator. Bob Jury is now a successful businessman and father of four.

45. Dion Lewis

Running back

Dion Lewis Career

  • High school: Blair Academy, (Blairstown, New Jersey)
  • College: Pittsburgh (2009–2010)
  • NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2011–2012), Cleveland Browns (2013), Indianapolis Colts (2014), New England Patriots (2015–2017), Tennessee Titans (2018–2019), New York Giants (2020)
  • Super Bowl champion (LI), Second-team All-American (2009), Big East Rookie of the Year (2009), Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2009)
  • Rushing yards: 2,425, Rushing average: 4.3, Receptions: 191, Receiving yards: 1,408, Return yards: 1,845, Total touchdowns: 21
  • Rushing yards: 2,425
  • Rushing average: 4.3
  • Receptions: 191
  • Receiving yards: 1,408
  • Return yards: 1,845
  • Total touchdowns: 21

Dion Lewis is a running back for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL. Dion Lewis was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Dion Lewis played for the Cleveland Browns from 2013 to 2017. Dion Lewis was traded to the Titans in August of 2017. Dion Lewis has made a significant impact in the NFL, being a key part of the Titans' success.

Dion Lewis is a three-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro. Dion Lewis is married and has two children. Dion Lewis is a devout Jehovah's Witness. Dion Lewis is a role model to many young people, showing them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Dion Lewis is a versatile running back who has been successful in the NFL. He has rushed for over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career. 

Dion Lewis is also a threat as a receiver, catching 191 passes for 1,408 yards and eight touchdowns in his career. Dion Lewis has also been a valuable blocker, helping pave the way for other running backs in the NFL.

Dion Lewis is a versatile player who can be relied upon to contribute in any way possible for his team. Dion Lewis is a key part of the New England Patriots' offense and is expected to continue his success in the NFL. 

Dion Lewis is a hard worker and is always looking to improve his skills, which is why he has been so successful in the NFL. Dion Lewis is a popular player with his teammates and is known for his outgoing and friendly personality.

Dion Lewis is a talented running back and is sure to continue his success in the NFL.

46. Jordan Whitehead

Defensive back

Jordan Whitehead Career

  • High school: Central Valley, (Monaca, Pennsylvania)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 117
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018–2021), New York Jets (2022–present)
  • Roster status: Active
  • Super Bowl champion (LV), Second-team All-ACC (2016), ACC Rookie of the Year (2015), ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year (2015)
  • Total tackles: 338, Sacks: 2.0, Forced fumbles: 2, Fumble recoveries: 2, Interceptions: 7
  • Total tackles: 338
  • Sacks: 2.0
  • Forced fumbles: 2
  • Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Interceptions: 7

Jordan Whitehead was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Whitehead started 14 games for the Buccaneers in 2018, recording 82 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 sack.

The Jets signed Whitehead to a four-year contract in February of 2022. Whitehead has started all 44 games he has played for the Jets since signing with the team, recording 778 tackles, 12 interceptions, and 4 sacks.

Jordan Whitehead was named to the 2019 Pro Bowl, where he recorded 4 interceptions and 2 sacks. Jordan Whitehead is one of the most consistent safeties in the NFL, and is expected to be a cornerstone of the Jets defense for years to come.

Jordan Whitehead was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and played high school football at Central Valley. Jordan Whitehead is a graduate of Pittsburg State University. Jordan Whitehead is married and has two young children.

47. Tom Savage

Quarterback

Tom Savage Career

  • High school: Cardinal O'Hara, (Springfield, Pennsylvania)
  • College: Rutgers (2009–2010), Arizona (2011), Pittsburgh (2012–2013)
  • NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 135
  • Houston Texans (2014–2017), New Orleans Saints (2018)*, San Francisco 49ers (2018), Cincinnati Bengals (2018), Detroit Lions (2019)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Passing completions: 181, Passing attempts: 315, Percentage: 57.5, TD–INT: 5–7, Passing yards: 2,000, Passer rating: 72.5
  • Passing completions: 181
  • Passing attempts: 315
  • Percentage: 57.5
  • TD–INT: 5–7
  • Passing yards: 2,000
  • Passer rating: 72.5

Savage was undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft but signed with the Pittsburgh Panthers. He began his career with the Panthers in 2012, and played for them until 2013.

Savage then signed with the Houston Texans in 2014, and played for them until he was released in December of that year. He then signed with the New England Patriots, where he played until he was released in September of 2018.

Savage is currently a free agent and is considered a possible option for the Cleveland Browns. Savage has a career record of 26-49 as a starting quarterback in the NFL. He has also played for the Arizona Cardinals and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Tom Savage was born in Pennsylvania and attended Cardinal O'Hara High School. He then attended Rutgers University, where he played for the Scarlet Knights football team.

48. Ave Daniell

Career

  • High school: Mount Lebanon High School
  • College: University of Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1937 / Round: 2 / Pick: 19
  • Brooklyn Dodgers (1937), Green Bay Packers (1937)
  • 2× National champion (1934, 1936), 1937 National Championship Team Captain, Rose Bowl champion (1936)
  • Games played: 9, Games started: 3
  • Games played: 9
  • Games started: 3
  • College Football Hall of Fame

Ave Daniell was a tackle for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the NFL from 1937 to 1941. Daniell played in all 14 games of the 1937 season, starting 8 of them. He played in all 12 games of the 1938 season, starting 10 of them.

Daniell played in all 10 games of the 1939 season, starting 8 of them. Daniell played in all 12 games of the 1940 season, starting 10 of them. Daniell played in all 10 games of the 1941 season, starting 7 of them. Daniell played in all 14 games of the 1942 season, starting 10 of them.

Daniell played in all 10 games of the 1943 season, starting 7 of them. Daniell retired after the 1943 season. 

Ave Daniell was a consensus All-American at Tulane and is the most decorated college football player in program history. He led the Green Wave to two national championships, and was a part of four bowl appearances.

Daniell was also a two-time All-American in the SEC and was drafted by the Packers in the first round of the 1937 NFL Draft. Ave Daniell was a three-time NFL champion and team captain of the 1937 Green Bay Packers. He died in 1984 at the age of 70 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

49. Randy Dixon

Career

  • High school: Clewiston (FL)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 4 / Pick: 86
  • Indianapolis Colts (1987–1995)
  • Consensus All-American (1986)
  • Games played: 118, Games started: 110, Touchdowns: 1
  • Games played: 118
  • Games started: 110
  • Touchdowns: 1

Randy Dixon was a standout tackle and guard at Pitt. He made the transition to the NFL and played for the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys.

Dixon was a four-time All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler. He retired in 2000 after a 14-year career. Dixon is currently the head coach of the Charlotte 49ers. Dixon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

He was born in Clewiston, Florida and raised in nearby Keystone Heights. Dixon and his wife, Brenda, have two children. Dixon is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Randy Dixon was a consensus All-American and one of the best defensive players in the history of the NFL.

Dixon was a two-time All-Pro and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a tackling machine, recording over 1,000 tackles in his career. 

Dixon was also known for his aggressive play on the field. Dixon was a key member of the Indianapolis Colts during their run as one of the NFL's best teams in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was one of the most consistent defensive players in NFL history, never missing a game due to injury. Randy Dixon was a great leader on and off the field, and his impact on the Colts' success will never be forgotten.

50. Tony Woods

Career

  • High school: West Orange (NJ) Seton Hall
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
  • Seattle Seahawks (1987–1992), Los Angeles Rams (1993), Washington Redskins (1994–1996)
  • Consensus All-American (1986)
  • Games played: 147, Games started: 125, Tackles: 679, Quarterback sacks: 24.5, Fumbles recovered: 8, Touchdowns: 1
  • Games played: 147
  • Games started: 125
  • Tackles: 679
  • Quarterback sacks: 24.5
  • Fumbles recovered: 8
  • Touchdowns: 1

Tony Woods was a linebacker and defensive end in the NFL for over a decade. He played for the Seahawks, Rams, and Seahawks again in the early 1990s. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and was named an All-Pro in 1988 and 1989.

He played his final season in 1992 with the Seahawks. Woods is currently an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He was born on September 11, 1965 and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Woods currently weighs 128 kilograms and stands at 1.93 meters tall.

Woods graduated from West Orange (NJ) Seton Hall in 1985 with a degree in business administration. 

He and his wife have two children. Tony Woods was a consensus All-American at Ohio State and was the first player in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Woods played for the Washington Redskins from 1994 to 1996 and was a starting cornerback. He was a part of the Redskins' Super Bowl team in 1996. Woods was inducted into the Ohio State Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

51. Joe Walton

Joe Walton Career

  • High school: Beaver Falls (PA)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14
  • Unanimous All-American (1956)
  • Receiving yards: 2,628, Average: 14.8, Touchdowns: 28
  • Receiving yards: 2,628
  • Average: 14.8
  • Touchdowns: 28

Joe Walton was a hall of fame end for the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. Walton was a two-time Pro Bowler and a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1960s.

Walton was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and played high school football at Beaver Falls. Walton attended Pittsburgh and played football for the Pittsburgh Panthers. Walton was drafted by the Redskins in the 1957 NFL Draft and played for the team from 1957 to 1960.

Walton was traded to the Giants in 1961 and played for the team until 1964. Walton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. 

Walton died of a heart attack on August 15, 2021 at the age of 85. Joe Walton is one of the longest-tenured coaches in NCAA history, having been with Robert Morris for over 20 years.

Walton has had a successful career as a coach, winning more than 300 games and leading his teams to the NCAA Division III Championship game six times. Walton is a well-respected figure in coaching circles, and has been named the National Coach of the Year three times. 

Walton is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was inducted into the American Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997.

Walton is also a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Walton is a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. 

Walton and his wife, Karen, have two children, Joe and Megan. Walton is a longtime resident of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Walton is currently the head coach at Robert Morris University.

Final Words

The University of Pittsburgh Football program is one of the most storied in college football history, and the best players of all time include some of the most well-known and accomplished players in the sport.

Some of the most notable players to ever play for the Panthers include Mike Tomlin, Franco Harris, Dan Marino, and John Stallworth, to name a few. The program has produced countless NFL stars, and the best of the best continue to play at the highest level.

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John Rizzo

I am a professional rugby player in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to play in many different countries. I am also a coach for both youth and adult rugby teams. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. I am currently working on my MPA from American University and plan to pursue this career path after graduating next year. LinkedIn

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