Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Counting down the top Pitt football players of the last 40 years- No.34 Carlton Williamson

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.

34.  Carlton Williamson (1977-80)-  Yet another of the great 1977 class (a national championship sure does help recruiting), the strong safety was an integral part of the one of the most talented defenses to ever play in college football.  A complete defensive back who had great size for the position at the time, he hit like a truck and always seemed to make the big play.  As a senior, his interception with 47 seconds remaining sealed the win for the No. 4 Panthers over then No. 5 Penn State 14-9.  Previously in the game he made a huge fourth down stop.

The Georgia native came to Pitt as a highly recruited quarterback, but after not working out there, or at running back, he was moved by then defensive coordinator Jimmy Johnson to safety.  He backed up four year starter Jeff Delaney, another very good player himself, before eventually taking over as a starter in his junior and senior seasons.

Williamson became a 3rd round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers and two Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl rings followed.  He played for seven seasons with San Francisco.  

1 comment:

  1. Bowling Green PantherJuly 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    That 14-9 game was my first experience of seeing a Pitt game. Great memories...