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.
21. Sal Sunseri (1978-81)- If this list was weighted towards pure talent then Sunseri would not even be in the top 50. But this list considers productivity and winning, and that's where the linebacker comes in.
A former walk-on from Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Sunseri was the heart and soul of some of the best defenses in college football history. In fact, in Sunseri's junior and senior seasons the Panthers were the No.1 defense in the country. And in his three years as a starter, the Panthers finished with a 33-3 record.
Sunseri was a tackling machine who could also play against the pass, as evidenced by his 6 combined interceptions in his last two seasons. But the carefree and fun loving linebacker was one of the best leaders in school history. Jackie Sherrill called him the most inspirational player he's ever been around. He even helped out Pitt's greatest defensive player ever, Hugh Green, who lived with Sunseri's family when he played at Pitt.
After his senior season in which he was named a consensus first team All-American, Sunseri was taken in the 10th round by the Steelers. However, he blew his knee out in his first training camp and was out of the league. He has, however, become one of the top assistants in college football and is currently the defensive coordinator at Tennessee.