Thursday, July 26, 2012

Counting down the top Pitt football players of the last 40 years- No.17 Bob Jury

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.

17.  Bob Jury (1974-77)-  The best ballhawk in Pitt history, the South Park HS alum had an amazing nose for the ball, and his interceptions totals prove it.

Forming one of the best secondaries in school history along with players like the excellent safety Jeff Delaney and cornerback J.C. Wilson, the three year starter had an incredible 10 interceptions as a junior in 1976, two in the pivotal win against Penn State.  He broke the single season record that was held since 1950.  His great year ended with the National Championship win in which he recorded his 10th interception of the season.  He was also named a third team All-American.

As a senior, Jury came back with 8 more interceptions and was named a consensus first team All-American.  Once again he came up big in the big game with two interceptions in a 34-3 Gator Bowl demolishing of Clemson.

Jury totaled 21 interceptions in his career, which broke a school record which was held since 1949.  His record still stands today, 35 years later, as does his career interception return yardage. His 10 and 8 interception seasons are the two best in school history.  He was drafted in the 3rd round by the Seattle Seahawks and promptly traded to the San Francisco 49ers where he played for one season.


  1. I have Jury in my Top 10...

    1. We're talking about the top 1% of about 1,000 players. Other than the top 5, which are obvious, any order would not be crazy at this point.

  2. chris, there are rumblings that penn state lb mike yancich may transfer to pitt. have you heard anything?

  3. wrong linebacker. not one from wpial either. from pa though

  4. Well...Pitt has 8 NFL hall of famers (Niters have 3, LOL)....add Hugh Green (solid #2-4), Goldberg, Jimbo Covert, Bill Fralic & Larry Fitz and you have a good top 11 except for Curtis Martin who was hurt a lot and maybe Rickey Jackson who may come in just outside the top 11 IMO.

    Of course we ALL know who #1 is. TD

    1. Almost forgot Mark May....a top 10er :-)