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.
22. Tom Brzoza (1974-77)- This is probably the highest ranked player that most Pitt fans aren't familiar with. Some of that has to do with how long ago he played and some of that is because his position, but whatever the reason let it be known that Brzoza was an excellent player.
The New Castle native was a starter for the Panthers from the fourth game of his freshman year, beginning as a sophomore guard. That season he became an integral part of the Panthers offense that saw Tony Dorsett run for over 1,500 yards and Elliott Walker add over 900 yards himself.
As a junior, Brzoza helped Dorsett run for over 2,000 yards and win the Heisman Trophy while the program won the National Championship. The storybook season ended with Brzoza getting All-American recognition.
Dorsett graduated before Brzoza's senior year and to make matters worse for him Jackie Sherrill became the head coach and moved him to center. Even though he hated the idea he responded by being named a consensus first team All-American.