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.
18. Tony Woods (1983-86)- This defensive end from New Jersey was one of the most physically impressive players in school history. As a senior he was 6'4" and 250 pounds, and he ran a 4.66 in the 40.
It was as a junior that Woods really exploded when he ended the season with 93 tackles, 15 sacks, and 20 tackles for loss. That season ended with honorable mention All-American recognition. As a senior he ended up with 109 tackles and 13 more sacks. That season ended in consensus first team All-American honors.
Despite missing games parts of his freshman and sophomore seasons due to injuries, Woods showed his tremendous all around game with 31 sacks, which is 3rd all-time in school history, and 242 tackles, which 26th now and 12th when his career ended.
Woods encountered controversy when it was discovered after his senior season that he signed with an agent before the season started, but he was still taken by the Seattle Seahawks with the 18th overall pick. He played 10 seasons for three different teams.