2016 marks the 40th anniversary for Pitt's 1976 championship football team and the Panthers plan to kick things off by honoring two key players from that squad.
Serving as honorary captains for the Pitt Blue-Gold spring game will be Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett and quarterback Matt Cavanaugh as announced by the school. You might remember that Pitt had a couple of former stars serve as last years captains in NFL players Larry Fitzgerald and Aaron Donald.
"I always love coming back home to Pitt and being around the current players," Dorsett said. "There is an unspoken bond because we are all Panthers. I told Coach Narduzzi to get those guys ready. Matt and I are expecting to see big things when they take the field for the spring game!"
The spring game will be played next Saturday on April 16th at Heinz Field - with hopefully markedly better weather than we're seeing here in Pittsburgh this weekend. Dorsett will also get to see current running back James Conner in person, who is battling cancer and broke his record for touchdowns in a season back in 2014.
It's always great for guys like Dorsett and Cavanaugh to be back and involved with Pitt-related events. As bringing back Fitzgerald and Donald did, it's a nice way for the program to keep those guys actively involved with the program and allows fans to see them as well.