Pitt has had a long history of producing NFL stars and recently, the school earned some more recognition in that department. A few days ago, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) released its 75th Anniversary All-American teams and the Panthers were well represented.
In all, there were three teams and Pitt produced five players on the list. That tied Ohio State for second-most among all colleges. Nebraska led the way with six players.
Larry Fitzgerald was Pitt's lone first-team representative, further cementing his place as one of college football's all-time great wide receivers. The Panthers dominated the second team with Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka, Bill Fralic, and Hugh Green. Pitt placed those four on the second team and no other school had more than two there.
Aaron Donald didn't make the cut, but when you consider that his senior season was on par or even better than what Ndamukong Suh produced (and Suh made the first team), an argument could be made that he should have been included on one of the three teams. Still, it was great to see Pitt so well-represented.