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.
39. Tom Flynn (1980-83)- The former Penn Hills quarterback legend was turned into a safety at Pitt, and the result was that he was one of the better defensive players, and special teams players, in program history.
A four year starter for the most part (as a freshman he shared the spot with Rick Trocano when he wasn't playing quarterback), and at the time it was an amazing accomplishment considering the Panthers were loaded. Flynn led the team with 5 interceptions as a sophomore while also having a 7.6 avg. punt returner and a touchdown. As a junior he returned another punt for a touchdown and had a 9.1 avg. As a senior, he again was phenomenal on returns with a 9.2 avg. Needless to say, he has been the most productive punt returner in Pitt history with 983 yards.
If that wasn't enough, Flynn also had 297 career tackles, good for 15th all-time and 3rd among defensive backs. When he graduated from Pitt he had the 3rd most tackles in school history.
A 5th round draft pick of Green Bay, he had 9 interceptions as a rookie, but then was released in his third season. He ended up with the NY Giants late in the same season and got a Super Bowl ring.