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#77 Days Until Pitt Football: Mark Stepnoski

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If you spend any time on Twitter, you no doubt have seen people posting certain Pitt players wearing uniform numbers that correspond with the number of days left until the football season kicks off. Jim did it last year and this year, Pat Narduzzi has been doing it.

I know we have a lot of younger readers here and also some folks that may not have spent their entire lives following Pitt sports. For that reason, I thought it would be cool to not only do the countdown here, but also give a brief writeup on the player to potentially help fans connect a little more with some of the all-time greats.

Quick disclaimer - this isn't necessarily about picking the best player for each number. Not only is that disputable in many instances, but it's not really the point of the exercise. So don't be offended if your favorite player doesn't make the list here. I'll probably mirror Narduzzi's list for the most part but may go off the board in a few instances.

These will also be brief, folks. It's the offseason and we all use this time to wind down a bit. These won't be theses or anything, but we'll cobble together a few facts for each guy.

Finally, feel free to add on to a player's accomplishments in the comments section. Some I'll leave out due to space/time and some I may not even know about. But this will be a good learning exercise for all of us.

Continuing our countdown today is our third consecutive offensive lineman, Mark Stepnoski with a nod to former fellow lineman Jason Pinkston, who also wore #77 and made it to the NFL.

Stepnoski was a Parade All-American lineman out of Erie and joined Pitt in 1985. He was a four-year starter and became a two-time All-American with the Panthers, making the First Team as a senior in 1988.

He played guard at Pitt but became a center with the Dallas Cowboys after they took him in the third round of the 1989 NFL Draft. Stepnoski went on to play 13 years in the NFL and was a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl Champion.

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