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#71 Days Until Pitt Football: Bill Maas

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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 Bill Maas.

Maas starred on Pitt's defensive line in the early 1980s. He started for three seasons with the Panthers and in 1982, was an All-American.

Maas was another first-round draft choice for the school, selected in the NFL in 1984 by the Kansas City Chiefs as the fifth overall pick. It didn't take him long to adjust to the pros as he was the Rookie of the Year that season before being named as a two-time All-Pro. After his playing days, he went into broadcasting and real estate.

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