Pitt Panthers NFL Alumni All Time Team (1920-present)

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Greeting All Pitt Panthers fans! Enjoy a nostalgic glimpse into the past, present and future of Pitt Panthers that have gone onto the NFL and have found success!

Feel free to comment and add player(s) I might've missed! I'm always updating this roster! As always Hail 2 Pitt!


*Disclaimer - I cannot highlight on this format but Hall of Fame players have a distinction of when they were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame!

Pitt Panthers

NFL Alumni Team

1920-present



Format

Jersey No. – Player Name – Team Played w/ For Majority of Career – NFL Tenure – Hall of Fame (HOF)



Highlighted

  • Yellow = Hall of Famer
  • Blue = Future Hall of Famer


QB

13 Dan Marino – Miami Dolphins (1983-1999) HOF 2005 YELLOW

12 Matt Cavanaugh – New England Patriots (1979-1991)

10 Alex Van Pelt – Buffalo Bills (1995-2003)

3 Tom Savage – Houston Texans (2014-2017)

2 Nathan Peterman – Buffalo Bills (2017-present)

4 Tyler Palko – Kansas City Chiefs (2010-2011)

47 Ed Matesic – Pittsburgh Pirates (1934-1936)



RB

33 Tony Dorsett – Dallas Cowboys (1977-1988) HOF 1994 YELLOW

28 Curtis Martin – New York Jets (1995-2005) HOF 2012 YELLOW

25 LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles (2009-2020) *BLUE

30 James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers (2017-present)

32 Kevan Barlow – San Francisco 49ers (2001-2006)

33 Dion Lewis – New England Patriots (2011-2020)

37 Nick Goings – Carolina Panthers (2001-2008)

36 LaRod Stephens-Howling – Arizona Cardinals (2009-2013) (KR/PR)

90 Edgar Jones – Cleveland Browns (1945-1949)



FB

34 Craig Heyward – New Orleans Saints (1988-1998)

32 Randy McMillan – Indianapolis Colts (1981-1986)

45 Henry Hynoski – New York Giants (2011-2014)

36 Lousaka Polite – Miami Dolphins (2004-2010)

35 Bobby Epps – New York Giants (1954-1957)

99 Marshall Goldberg – Chicago Cardinals (1939-1943; 1946-1948)

44 Ben Kish – Philadelphia Eagles (1940-1949)



WR

11 Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals (2004-2020) *BLUE

83 Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals (2016-present)

88 Antonio Bryant – Dallas Cowboys (2002-2009)

41 Eric Crabtree – Denver Broncos (1966-1971)

84 Gordon Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1979-1983)

89 Julius Dawkins – Buffalo Bills (1983-1984)

87 Billy Davis – Dallas Cowboys (1995-2000)

89 Jonathan Baldwin – Kansas City Chiefs (2011-2013)



TE

89 Mike Ditka – Chicago Bears (1961-1972) HOF 1988 YELLOW

83 Dave Moore – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992-2006)

81 Joe Walton – Washington Redskins (1957-1963)

84 Kris Wilson – Kansas City Chiefs (2004-2011)

87 Darnell Dinkins – Baltimore Ravens (2002-2009)

81 Jim Corbett – Cincinnati Bengals (1977-1980)



T

74 Jimbo Covert – Chicago Bears (1983-1990) HOF 2020 YELLOW

75 Brian O’Neill – Minnesota Vikings (2018-present)

73 Mark May – Washington Redskins (1981-1993)

79 Jeff Otah – Carolina Panthers (2008-2011)

75 Jim McCusker – Philadelphia Eagles (1958-1964)

6 Jim MacMurdo – Philadelphia Eagles (1932-1937)

68 T.J. Clemmings – Minnesota Vikings (2015-2018)

71 Emil Boures – Pittsburgh Steelers (1982-1985)

21 Paul Cuba – Philadelphia Eagles (1933-1935)

48 Jess Quatse – Pittsburgh Pirates (1933-1935)



G

68 Russ Grimm – Washington Redskins (1981-1991) HOF 2010 YELLOW

79 Ruben Brown – Buffalo Bills (1995-2007) *BLUE

79 Bill Fralic – Atlanta Falcons (1985-1993) *BLUE

69 Randy Dixon – Indianapolis Colts (1987-1995)

75 Mike McGlynn – Indianapolis Colts (2008-2015)

68 Lou Palatella – San Francisco 49ers (1955-1958)

16 Herb Sies – Dayton Triangles (1920-1924)



C

53 Mark Stepnoski – Dallas Cowboys (1989-2001)

62 Jeff Christy – Minnesota Vikings (1993-2002)

53 Jim Sweeney – New York Jets (1984-1999)

54 Fred Hoaglin – Cleveland Browns (1966-1976)

54 Bob Kuziel – Washington Redskins (1972-1980)

4 Herb Stein – Pottsville Maroons (1921-1928)



DE/EDGE

56 Chris Doleman – Minnesota Vikings (1985-1999) HOF 2012 YELLOW

97 Jabaal Sheard – Cleveland Browns (2011-present)

92 Burt Grossman – San Diego Chargers (1989-1994)

76 Sam Clancy – Indianapolis Colts (1983-1993)

67 Gary Burley – Cincinnati Bengals (1976-1984)

57 Tony Woods – Seattle Seahawks (1987-1996)

86 John Paluck – Washington Redskins (1956-1965)

75 Randy Holloway – Minnesota Vikings (1978-1984)

84 Bill McPeak – Pittsburgh Steelers (1949-1957)



DT/IDL/NT

99 Aaron Donald – Los Angeles Rams (2014-present) *BLUE

75 Keith Hamilton – New York Giants (1992-2003)

98 Tony Siragusa – Indianapolis Colts (1990-2001)

63 Bill Maas – Kansas City Chiefs (1984-1993)

94 Sean Gilbert – Carolina Panthers (1992-2003)

76 David Logan – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1979-1987)

92 Marc Spindler – Detroit Lions (1990-1998)

71 Tom Barndt – Kansas City Chiefs (1996-2001)

72 Dave Puzzuoli – Cleveland Browns (1983-1987)



OLB

57 Rickey Jackson – New Orleans Saints (1981-1995) HOF 2010 YELLOW

55 Hugh Green – Miami Dolphins (1981-1991)

56 Cecil Johnson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1977-1985)

50 John Reger – Pittsburgh Steelers (1955-1966)

55 Clint Session – Indianapolis Colts (2007-2011)



MLB/ILB

56 Joe Schmidt – Detroit Lions (1953-1965) HOF 1973 YELLOW

56 Ricardo McDonald – Cincinnati Bengals (1992-1999)

54 Gerald Hayes – Arizona Cardinals (2003-2010)

55 Jerry Olsavsky – Pittsburgh Steelers (1989-1998)

53 Tom Tumulty – Cincinnati Bengals (1996-1998)



CB

24 Darrelle Revis – New York Jets (2007-2017) *BLUE

36 Shawntae Spencer – San Francisco 49ers (2004-2012)

45 Ed Sharockman – Minnesota Vikings (1961-1972) *BLUE

29 Avonte Maddox – Philadelphia Eagles (2018-present)

24 K’Waun Williams – San Francisco 49ers (2014-present)

33 J.C. Wilson – Houston Oilers (1978-1983)

26 Tim Lewis – Green Bay Packers (1983-1986)

21 Steve Israel – New England Patriots (1992-2001)

32 Aaron Berry – Detroit Lions (2010-2014)

31 Hank Poteat – New York Jets (2000-2009) (KR/PR)

27 Torrie Cox – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004-2009) (KR/PR)



FS

33 Jordan Whitehead – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018-present)

41 Tom Flynn – Green Bay Packers (1984-1988)

33 Anthony Dorsett Jr. – Oakland Raiders (1996-2003)

20 Paul Martha – Pittsburgh Steelers (1964-1970)

27 Dick Haley – Pittsburgh Steelers (1959-1964)



SS

27 Carlton Williamson – San Francisco 49ers (1981-1987)

33 Bryant Salter – San Diego Chargers (1971-1976)

26 Louis Riddick – Atlanta Falcons (1992-1998)



K

14 Fred Cox – Minnesota Vikings (1963-1977)



P

4 Andy Lee – San Francisco 49ers (2004-present)

9 Larry Swider – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1979-1982)



Practice Squad

HB 34 Warren Heller – Pittsburgh Pirates (1934-1936)

HB 46 Billy Reynolds – Cleveland Browns (1953-1960)

HB 49 Bob Thurbon – Philadelphia Eagles (1943-1946)

OG 71 Tom Ricketts – Pittsburgh Steelers (1989-1993)

OG 17 Elmer Merkovsky – Pittsburgh Steelers (1944-1946)

DE 96 Mark Gunn – New York Jets (1991-1996)

NT 61 Jerry Boyarsky – Cincinnati Bengals (1981-1989)

NT 68 Lorenzo Freeman – Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-1991)

OLB 52 Rich Kraynak – Philadelphia Eagles (1983-1987)

MLB 51 Phil Clarke – New Orleans Saints (1999-2001)

MLB 55 Jim Flanigan – Green Bay Packers (1967-1971)

K 3 Eric Schubert – New York Giants (1985-1987)
 

CaptainMurphy

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Crazy that Nick Goings had a longer NFL career than Kevan Barlow. I expected Barlow to have a monster career after his senior year and first few years with the Niners.
 
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Crazy that Nick Goings had a longer NFL career than Kevan Barlow. I expected Barlow to have a monster career after his senior year and first few years with the Niners.
Yeah I always thought that was insane! Kevan Barlow was pretty good with San Francisco but the knee injuries derailed his career. What could have been, damn injuries
 

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loved H.B. Blades when he was coming out, one of the best Pitt linebackers I've seen play. Him and Clint Session were always fun to watch! Wish Kylan Johnson can get signed somewhere; the most recent linebacker at Pitt that was everywhere! Cam Bright; wish he would pull his name out of the transfer portal and finish his career at Pitt and go onto the NFL as a Pitt alumni. The next Pitt linebacker that's intriguing is SirVocea Dennis!
 
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Tom Brown with the Dolphins. Ramon Walker with the Texans. Dave Trout with the Steelers. Hard to believe Scott McKillop's injury kept him out of the league after one season with the niners.

Although it's certainly worthy of debate, but I doubt that Shady makes the HOF, unfortunately.
 
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Just reviewing.

Strengths: RB, OL, DL, TE, P
Decent: QB, (though you only need 1 so Marino makes it a strength), WR, LB, K
Weakness: DB (though comparatively speaking
 
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Tom Brown with the Dolphins. Ramon Walker with the Texans. Dave Trout with the Steelers. Hard to believe Scott McKillop's injury kept him out of the league after one season with the niners.

Although it's certainly worthy of debate, but I doubt that Shady makes the HOF, unfortunately.
Yeah that unfortunately sucked when McKillop got injured....he was a really good LB too, thought he would've done great things with San Francisco.....I believe Shady will make it, but I'm kind of biased when it comes to Pitt players and I'll admit that haha, but Shady had a phenomenal career, I just don't see why he wouldn't get in. Sam with Ruben Brown, he had an outstanding career with Buffalo and Bill Fralic too - I mean both have already been in the semifinalist among votes I believe a couple of times; so there's some credibility for their candidacy.
 

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Two guys often overlooked but I wonder if they will ever have any shot at the hOF. Fred Cox with the Vikings and Andy Lee with the 49ers/Cardinals. I know that kickers and punters aren’t wet sexy HOF picks but I wonder if these guys will ever have a shot at getting in.
 
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Yeah I always thought that was insane! Kevan Barlow was pretty good with San Francisco but the knee injuries derailed his career. What could have been, damn injuries

Yeah for sure. And he got his big NFL break because of injuries (to Garrison Hearst). To this day his performances against BC and WVU (he ran for almost 300 in that one!) in 2000 were some of the greatest I've seen by any Pitt player.
 
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Yeah that unfortunately sucked when McKillop got injured....he was a really good LB too, thought he would've done great things with San Francisco.....I believe Shady will make it, but I'm kind of biased when it comes to Pitt players and I'll admit that haha, but Shady had a phenomenal career, I just don't see why he wouldn't get in. Sam with Ruben Brown, he had an outstanding career with Buffalo and Bill Fralic too - I mean both have already been in the semifinalist among votes I believe a couple of times; so there's some credibility for their candidacy.
Ruben Brown definitely should be in. He was a 9 time pro-bowler! I really think OLmen need ~10+ years in the league to be considered, and that's what probably hurts Fralic the most.
 
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Just reviewing.

Strengths: RB, OL, DL, TE, P
Decent: QB, (though you only need 1 so Marino makes it a strength), WR, LB, K
Weakness: DB (though comparatively speaking
Yeah its crazy to think the amount of good and great players Pitt has produced over the years! I would think the starting lineup would be:

Offense:
QB 13 Dan Marino
RB 33 Tony Dorsett (All Purpose)
RB 28 Curtis Martin (Power)
FB 34 Craig Heyward
WR 11 Larry Fitzgerald
WR 83 Tyler Boyd
WR 88 Antonio Bryant (Slot)
TE 89 Mike Ditka
LT 74 Jimbo Covert
LG 68 Russ Grimm
C 53 Mark Stepnoski
RG 79 Ruben Brown
RT 75 Brian O'Neill

Defense (3-3-5)
EDGE 56 Chris Doleman
IDL 99 Aaron Donald
IDL 75 Keith Hamilton
OLB 57 Rickey Jackson
MLB 56 Joe Schmidt
OLB 55 Hugh Green
CB 24 Darrelle Revis
FS 33 Jordan Whitehead
SS 27 Carlton Williamson
CB 36 Shawntae Spencer
CB 45 Ed Sharockman

Special Teams
K 14 Fred Cox
P 4 Andy Lee
LS 53 Jim Sweeney
H 12 Matt Cavanaugh
RET 25 LeSean McCoy
RET 31 Hank Poteat
RET 27 Torrie Cox
RET 87 Billy Davis
 

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Yeah for sure. And he got his big NFL break because of injuries (to Garrison Hearst). To this day his performances against BC and WVU (he ran for almost 300 in that one!) in 2000 were some of the greatest I've seen by any Pitt player.
I'm not super familiar with Pitt football performances up until I really started paying attention to the team around 2012ish..?? I think haha, I'm familiar with the Fitzgerald Heisman vote when he got screwed and 13-9 against West Virginia when Palko (I think) said that he "F**king Loves this team" hahaha which is a classic! I remember when I thought the WR Ronald Jones was gonna tear it up in the NFL haha. But I know Kevan Barlow must've done great things while at Pitt due to him being drafted in the 3rd round (similar to Curtis Martin)
 

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I'm not super familiar with Pitt football performances up until I really started paying attention to the team around 2012ish..?? I think haha, I'm familiar with the Fitzgerald Heisman vote when he got screwed and 13-9 against West Virginia when Palko (I think) said that he "F**king Loves this team" hahaha which is a classic! I remember when I thought the WR Ronald Jones was gonna tear it up in the NFL haha. But I know Kevan Barlow must've done great things while at Pitt due to him being drafted in the 3rd round (similar to Curtis Martin)

He was a little inconsistent that year (as was the team in general) but he had those breakout performances. His stock went way up after the Senior Bowl, if I remember correctly.
 
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Ruben Brown definitely should be in. He was a 9 time pro-bowler! I really think OLmen need ~10+ years in the league to be considered, and that's what probably hurts Fralic the most.
Yeah Ruben Brown should definitely be in the Hall of Fame by now honestly. When you look at it, Tony Boselli only played what, 7 seasons? He should already be in too; I thought he was until I just looked him up. But honestly if Boselli gets in, I think Fralic should be as followed. Definitely think both Fralic & Boselli should both be in (although I know Boselli is a USC Trojan; give credit where credit is due)
 
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Two guys often overlooked but I wonder if they will ever have any shot at the hOF. Fred Cox with the Vikings and Andy Lee with the 49ers/Cardinals. I know that kickers and punters aren’t wet sexy HOF picks but I wonder if these guys will ever have a shot at getting in.
I've often pondered these same exact thoughts. I definitely think Andy Lee deserves to be in; he's been extremely consistent year in and year out! Fred Cox and Ed Sharockman of those great Vikings teams I think should both be in as well!
 

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The trouble is no LBs the last 10 years...
I honestly thought Kylan Johnson would be that next linebacker honestly! I hope he gets a shot in the revamped USFL (hopefully with the Pittsburgh Maulers!) to showcase his talents! He was all over the field when he transferred from Florida to Pitt
 
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Yeah its crazy to think the amount of good and great players Pitt has produced over the years! I would think the starting lineup would be:

Offense:
QB 13 Dan Marino
RB 33 Tony Dorsett (All Purpose)
RB 28 Curtis Martin (Power)
FB 34 Craig Heyward
WR 11 Larry Fitzgerald
WR 83 Tyler Boyd
WR 88 Antonio Bryant (Slot)
TE 89 Mike Ditka
LT 74 Jimbo Covert
LG 68 Russ Grimm
C 53 Mark Stepnoski
RG 79 Ruben Brown
RT 75 Brian O'Neill

Defense (3-3-5)
EDGE 56 Chris Doleman
IDL 99 Aaron Donald
IDL 75 Keith Hamilton
OLB 57 Rickey Jackson
MLB 56 Joe Schmidt
OLB 55 Hugh Green
CB 24 Darrelle Revis
FS 33 Jordan Whitehead
SS 27 Carlton Williamson
CB 36 Shawntae Spencer
CB 45 Ed Sharockman

Special Teams
K 14 Fred Cox
P 4 Andy Lee
LS 53 Jim Sweeney
H 12 Matt Cavanaugh
RET 25 LeSean McCoy
RET 31 Hank Poteat
RET 27 Torrie Cox
RET 87 Billy Davis

Really have to disagree with not putting Gordon Jones in the starting lineup over Antonio. Not sure why he didn't stick in the NFL for all that long. I realize you probably never saw him play, but he was really really good. Would love to have seen him play with the QBs, offenses and rules of today.

And that defense would be unbelievable.
 
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Really have to disagree with not putting Gordon Jones in the starting lineup over Antonio. Not sure why he didn't stick in the NFL for all that long. I realize you probably never saw him play, but he was really really good. Would love to have seen him play with the QBs, offenses and rules of today.

And that defense would be unbelievable.
I'll need to look up some games with Gordon Jones playing haha, I know at Pitt he was really good from what I've read
 

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You forget that Mark May won the Outland—and Al Romano was the dominant player on the 1976 team-they both belong on the starting team—Gordon Jones—just look at film of the 1975 game vs Norte Dame and film of the national championship game vs Georgia. Pitt has a rich history.
 

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You forget that Mark May won the Outland—and Al Romano was the dominant player on the 1976 team-they both belong on the starting team—Gordon Jones—just look at film of the 1975 game vs Norte Dame and film of the national championship game vs Georgia. Pitt has a rich history.
Oh this is a list of players that played in the NFL from Pitt; I'm looking forward to making a Pitt-College all time team to
 

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Yeah its crazy to think the amount of good and great players Pitt has produced over the years! I would think the starting lineup would be:

Offense:
QB 13 Dan Marino
RB 33 Tony Dorsett (All Purpose)
RB 28 Curtis Martin (Power)
FB 34 Craig Heyward
WR 11 Larry Fitzgerald
WR 83 Tyler Boyd
WR 88 Antonio Bryant (Slot)
TE 89 Mike Ditka
LT 74 Jimbo Covert
LG 68 Russ Grimm
C 53 Mark Stepnoski
RG 79 Ruben Brown
RT 75 Brian O'Neill

Defense (3-3-5)
EDGE 56 Chris Doleman
IDL 99 Aaron Donald
IDL 75 Keith Hamilton
OLB 57 Rickey Jackson
MLB 56 Joe Schmidt
OLB 55 Hugh Green
CB 24 Darrelle Revis
FS 33 Jordan Whitehead
SS 27 Carlton Williamson
CB 36 Shawntae Spencer
CB 45 Ed Sharockman

Special Teams
K 14 Fred Cox
P 4 Andy Lee
LS 53 Jim Sweeney
H 12 Matt Cavanaugh
RET 25 LeSean McCoy
RET 31 Hank Poteat
RET 27 Torrie Cox
RET 87 Billy Davis
So this is what you retired Pitt guys do ? Lol Very impressive post btw .
Can't wait for retirement myself ...
 
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