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#86 Days Until Pitt Football: Greg Lee

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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 wide receiver Greg Lee.

After Larry Fitzgerald departed for the NFL in 2003, Lee helped pick up the slack for the Panthers at wideout. No one could replace what Fitz did, but Lee did an admirable job. He was so good, in fact, that in 2004, he accumulated nearly 1,300 receiving yards to lead the Big East and ten touchdowns. His 108 receiving yards per game that year also ranked sixth in the nation. That really put him on the map and in 2005, he put together another strong season (962 yards with seven scores).

Lee decided to leave school for the pros after his junior season when in hindsight, he would have probably been better served by playing another year at Pitt. Despite Dave Wannstedt hearing that Lee's best case scenario was only as a fourth-round pick, he opted to leave anyway. He went undrafted after making the decision to leave early and sandwiched a brief NFL Europe stint in between one-year deals with the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions while never playing in any games in the league.

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