Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Counting down the top Pitt football players of the last 40 years- No.36 Chris Doleman


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.




36.  Chris Doleman (1981-84)- At first look, this may seem way too low for Doleman, but in reality while playing for the Panthers, he was a bit of an underachiever.  

It didn't start that way as the 6'6" freshman helped the nation's No. 1 defense with 12 sacks. For his effort he was named a Freshman All-American.  But after that, Doleman did not display the same excellence with just 13 sacks over the last three years.  Foge Fazio was so frustrated with Doleman that he switched him from rush end to drop end after Al Wengilowski beat him out of the rush end position.  Injuries and academic problems also slowed down Doleman's college career.  

But that's not to suggest that Doleman didn't flash brilliance from time to time.  So much so that the Minnesota Vikings picked him 4th overall in the NFL draft.  In the NFL, Doleman finally arrived and the result was 8 Pro Bowls and a Hall of Fame induction this summer.

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