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:
3. Place in program history.
4. Only the player's careers while at Pitt are considered, not their NFL careers.
5. No current players.
30. Darrelle Revis (2004-2006)- The next in line of Aliquippa legends, Revis was a hit right off the bat with 49 tackles, 14 passes defended, and 2 interceptions as a true freshman. He was also the savior against West Virginia with a 4th quarter interception and a key 19-yard punt return. He was named a Freshman All-American for his effort.
As a sophomore, he again played well with 41 tackles, 13 passes defended, and 4 interceptions. He was also great returning punts leading the Big East with an 11.6 avg., which included a 79-yard touchdown.
As a junior, after returning an interception for a touchdown in the first two games, the word got out on just how good Revis was and teams didn't come near him for the rest of the season. On the season he totaled 39 tackles, 6 passes defensed, 2 interceptions, and an 8.6 avg. on punt returns. His amazing 73-yard punt return touchdown against West Virginia has gone down as one of the best players in school history.
Revis surprised many by entering the NFL draft after his junior season but postseason workouts quickly solidified him as a No. 1 pick. After the NY Jets took him with the 14th overall pick, Revis quickly established himself as one of the best players in the NFL. In his five year career, he has already been named to four Pro Bowls. While he is still young he is on pace to be a possible Hall of Famer.