Is Shady really not one of the top players in the NFL? (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Pitt still is churning out pros and a quick look at NFL rosters will attest to that. But the pretty cool thing is that Pitt doesn't only have players in the pros, but has some of the league's premier players in Larry Fitzgerald and Darrelle Revis.
Both were named to the NFL's list of the top 100 current players recently.
Now, a word of caution - this is actually a list of the top 100 players for 2011 as determined by the players. So we're forced to suffer with choices such as Ray Lewis at No. 4 overall, Haloti Ngata at No. 17, and Donovan McNabb getting sympathy votes at No. 100. Still, it's a mildly intriguing list nonetheless.
So with that in mind, back to Pitt. Funny, that while digging through the archives, I actually covered this topic about a year ago in Cardiac Hill's Pre-SBN days. The usually reasonable Mark Schlabach at ESPN.com wasn't making much sense in understating Pitt's impact in the NFL and I pointed that out. I'm not going to rehash the same names we're all familiar with, but if you want to take a look at it, click on the link.
But jumping ahead to this year's list, Revis and Fitzgerald actually made the top 20. And even though other Panthers didn't make the list, there are so many making big time contributions in the NFL. Most notably, I was surprised not to see Lesean McCoy show up. He was a 1,000-yard rusher last year with the Eagles and appears destined for stardom.
And this is a bit off-topic, but another look at that list shows something pretty surprising. The 'U' is hardly finished. Miami may not be having the dominant seasons in years past, but they're still a clear hotbed for NFL prospects. The Hurricanes placed eight players in the top 100 and an incredible three in the top ten, as pointed out by Andrea Adelson at ESPN.com.