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 linebacker.
Gordon redshirted in 2009 and then served as mostly a backup in 2010. He started to develop in 2011 and played in all 13 games, including making two starts.
By the time he was an upperclassman, he was a regular starter. In 2012, he started in eight of his ten games, finishing with 48 tackles and 6 1/2 tackles for losses. As a senior in 2013, he started in nine of his 11 games, finishing with 56 tackles. After the season, the Steelers brought him in for a mini camp, but he has yet to play in the NFL.