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.
19. Bill Maas (1980-1983)- It's hard to believe now but the giant Maas was not a highly ranked prospect when coming out of high school. In fact, the Philadelphia area native didn't even get an offer from Temple.
But Maas ended up being a three starter at defensive tackle and used his huge, strong frame to demolish interior linemen from coast to coast. His stats were never great, and he averaged roughly 30 tackles and 5.5 sacks a year, but their was no doubting his effect on the game by collapsing the middle of the line and taking up blockers.
In fact, Maas became a consensus second team All-American as a senior and ended up being taken by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 5th overall pick in the NFL draft. Maas was an instant hit and was named named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Two Pro Bowl appearances followed.