Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Counting down the top Pitt football players of the last 40 years- No.32 Curvin Richards

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.

32.  Curvin Richards (1988-90)-  When Ironhead Heyward left for the NFL a year early, the program looked to be in a bind.  Then came Richards, a true freshman from Trinidad, via Houston.  He didn't start until the fourth game of the season but thanks to three 200-yard games he ended the season with 1,228 yards, 8 touchdowns, and a 5.9 avg.

To prove it wasn't a fluke, he returned as a sophomore and added 1,282 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 5.5 avg.  He also added some pass catching skills with 20 receptions and 3 more touchdowns.  Included in that season was a 264-yard game against East Carolina.  As a junior, an ankle injury cost him four games and his numbers dropped to 682 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 4.7 avg.  Even though he played just three seasons, he is No. 2 on Pitt's all-time rushing list.

After his junior season he surprised many by going to the NFL where he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th round.  His lack of drive and his fumbling problems drove Jimmy Johnson insane and his career was over after a few years.


  1. I can't wait to see all 50 on a list with name, years played, position.
    How many from the 72-87 era (15 years) as compared to 88-12 era (25 years)..
    I can see 20 of top 25 from the 72-87 era..

  2. Gottfried recruited a lot a talent when he was at Pitt, but a lot of his players were headcases.