Former Panthers Curtis Martin and Chris Doleman were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Martin, who spent time with the New England Patriots New York Jets, rushed for over 14,000 yards and 90 touchdowns in 12 seasons after being drafted in the 3rd round, 74th overall in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Patriots. He retired after the 2005 season with the 4th most rushing yards in NFL history. In his rookie season, he was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was invited to five Pro Bowls in his career and made five All-Pro teams.
Doleman was the 4th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft and was picked by the Minnesota Vikings. He also spent time with the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers. He made it to eight Pro Bowls and made three All-Pro teams at defensive end. He finished his career with 150.5 sacks in 15 seasons. He held the Minnesota Vikings' record of sacks in a single season at 21 sacks in 1989 and held that record until Jared Allen broke it this past NFL season.
Pitt now has eight former players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Martin and Doleman will join Dan Marino, Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, and Joe Schmidt in Canton, Ohio. That is tied for 3rd overall with Michigan and Ohio State. Only USC (11) and Notre Dame (10) have more.
Pitt doesn't have any other players in the near future that will probably get in, but once Larry Fitzgerald hangs up his cleats, he could have a look at it.