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 offensive lineman Mark May.
May is yet another standout for the Panthers on the line in the 1970s and early 1980s. Nowadays, he's known for an ongoing feud with Ohio State and an intriguing Twitter account, but he was also one of the best players in Pitt history. He didn't allow a single sack in his final two years as a junior and senior and as a senior, was named an All-American and also was the program's first winner of the Outland Trophy, given to the top interior lineman. May's #73 was retired by the Panthers in 2001 and he was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
After his Pitt career, he was drafted No. 20 overall by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft. May would go on to win two Super Bowls with the club and was a Pro Bowler in 1988. After his playing career, he went onto a career in broadcasting in both the NFL and college football.