Friday, July 27, 2012

Counting down the top Pitt football players of the last 40 years- No.16 Randy Holloway

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.

16. Randy Holloway (1974-77)-  Tony Dorsett gets most of the press for the 1976 National Championship team, and rightly so, but what many younger Pitt fans may not know is that the Pitt defense in the 70s was extraordinary.  One of the most dominating of those players was this 6'5" defensive lineman from Sharon.

Holloway was a shy, quiet likable guy while at Pitt but he was dominating as a football player. Combining with such great fellow teammates on the line as Al Romano, Don Parrish, Jeff Pelusi, and even Hugh Green and Ricky Jackson when they were freshmen, Holloway finished his career 2nd all-time with 33.5 sacks, including 18 as a junior, and 268 total tackles, good for 19th currently and 4th when he left the program.  As a senior he was named a consensus first team All-American.

Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 21st overall pick in the 1st round, Holloway battled substance abuse problems that he developed while at Pitt, but he changed his life and played seven seasons in the league.

1 comment:

  1. The defensive coordinator in 77 and 78 was none other than Jimmy Johnson!!
    Don't remember the others from 72-86.