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 center Robb Houser.
Houser was an impressive JUCO grab for the Panthers. He wasn't a star, but filled a valuable role as the team's starting center after joining the team in 2008. Houser was a part of the two most successful Pitt teams in recent memory, winning a total of 19 games in 2008 and 2009. He also helped anchor the line for monster seasons by running backs Lesean McCoy and Dion Lewis those two years as McCoy ran for over 1,400 yards in 2008 and Lewis was just shy of 1,800 yards the next season. He had two good seasons with the Panthers, but after his senior year in 2009 went undrafted.
The Green Bay Packers gave Houser a look after the draft and he was invited to a rookie camp with the team, but his pro career never materialized.