Friday, July 13, 2012

Counting down the top Pitt football players of the last 40 years- No.43 Ramon Walker

I will be counting down my own list of the top 50 Pitt football players since 1972.  I have spent time doing a lot of research and talking to a lot of people when formulating this list, but ultimately it is MY opinion.  The great thing about lists like this is that people will disagree, and feel free to, but just remember that there is no right answer so there's no need to go crazy if you do disagree.  I will post this same intro with all 50 bios because I know the one time I don't, people will complain about not knowing what criteria I used.  I will add at least one a day, maybe two.  

My criteria for selecting the order is as follows:

1.  Productivity.
2.  Talent.
3.  Place in program history.
4.  Only the player's careers while at Pitt are considered, not their NFL careers. 
5.  No current players.

43.  Ramon Walker (1999-2001)-  One of the hardest hitters in Pitt football history, which is saying something considering he was a safety that was 195 pounds on his best day.  The Ohio native was also a tackling machine, to say the least.

As a freshman, Walker shocked everybody with 131 tackles, the most a Panthers player made since Zeke Gadson in 1987.  It was also the first time that a freshman defensive back from any school was named first team all-conference.  

As a sophomore, a suspension and a knee injury limited him to 56 tackles in just seven games.  But as a junior Walker really shined again with 141 tackles.  

Even though he left after his junior season and missed almost half of his sophomore season, he still accumulated 328 tackles, good for 12th all-time in program history.  If he had stayed for his senior season and matched his freshman and junior seasons, he would have been challenging Hugh Green to be No.2 on the list.  

In 2002, Walker was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 5th round but has been out of the league since 2005.  

1 comment:

  1. You just gave away your #2!!! I figured Hugh would have been #1 (if this was my list he would have been) but if he's #2 then I guess it's Dorsett at the top.