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 cornerback Bernard (Josh) Lay.
Lay served as a backup cornerback for the first two years of his career in 2002 and 2003. He took a step forward as a junior in 2004, leading the team with 15 passes defended. His three picks were tied for second on the team and he made the All Big East Second Team. He added three more picks as a senior before finishing his college career after the 2005 season.
Lay was selected in the sixth round in the 2006 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints but did not play for them. The Rams then took a shot on him, but assigned him to NFL Europe. He went on to also play in the UFL and AFL
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