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.
4. Bill Fralic (1981-84)- The best offensive lineman in college football history? A serious case could be made that the Penn Hills native is just that.
As a freshman, Fralic already showed how great he was becoming. Said legendary Pitt offensive line coach Joe Moore at the time, " He graded out at 100 percent in one game during his freshman season, which means the defensive player never penetrated the line of scrimmage. We've never had anybody do that before."
Fralic only got better and was named an All-American for the next three seasons, including being voted unanimously as both a junior and a senior. As a junior he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, but lost to Nebraska's Dean Steinkuhler. As a senior he again proved that postseason college awards are often highly questionable when he lost to the less than legendary Texas defensive lineman Tony Degrate. He also finished second to Virginia Tech's Bruce Smith for the Outland Trophy. Fralic even finished 8th in the Heisman voting as a junior and 6th as a senior, a remarkable feat for an offensive lineman, and the only time a player that was exclusively an offensive lineman finished in the top 10 twice.
Fralic eventually ended up as the No.2 pick in the NFL draft and was a four-time All-Pro for the Atlanta Falcons.