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Discussion in 'The Bill Nunn Draft Room' started by thatwasatd, Jul 8, 2022.

  1. thatwasatd

    thatwasatd Member

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    Steelers Depot has a post about the 2017 draft, with James Connor being part of the 'hit' picks. And with the Steelers sharing a facility with Pitt, it made me wonder if there were others from Pitt that the Steelers drafted. Pickett could be a good one.
     
  2. MojaveDesertPghFan

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    Good question. There's Paul Martha back in the 60s. Hank Poteat. Dan Marino.....oh wait. I'm sure there were many more, but not remembering them without cheating. :shrug:
     
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  3. strummerfan

    strummerfan Well-Known Member

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    Here’s a list of everyone drafted out of Pitt. Includes the number of years played, position, round…

    https://www.pro-football-reference.com/schools/pittsburgh/index.htm
     
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  4. Animus

    Animus Well-Known Member

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    Wild to think there were guys drafted in the 22nd round. How big were rosters in the 50s and 60's to support that many people drafted. Crazy to think 2/3 of an average class getting cut.
     
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  5. Vox Ferrum

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    https://www.hogshaven.com/2020/5/4/21245563/a-brief-history-of-roster-sizes-in-the-nfl

    I was thinking 40 and was correct. Yea..40. Hard to believe? Had to be some tough men.

    Actually less than that before the AFL came around. 34 players??? A lot of 2 ways guys back then??
     
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  6. MojaveDesertPghFan

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    Thanks Strummer. There really haven't been that many in modern era. Forgot about Olsavsky, Van Pelt and Trocano. Lots of WR and RBs made it big with other teams not to mention guys like Revis, May and Aaron Donald.
     
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  7. strummerfan

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    that shouldn’t be particularly surprising. Pitt hasn’t been particularly relevant in NCAA football for a while.
     
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  8. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

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    Hugh Green, one of my favorites.
     
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  9. strummerfan

    strummerfan Well-Known Member

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  10. Vox Ferrum

    Vox Ferrum Well-Known Member

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    A story I remember. Pitt was scouting a Rb, Jo Jo somebody lol. He actually did go to Pitt. But when they viewed the film this defensive gut kept showing up in the backfield. Enter Hugh Green. What a player.

    Along with Ricky Jackson a terrifying ld duo.
     
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  11. AskQuestionsLater

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    While the State of Pennsylvania's High School Football does not have nearly as much of a National Media following in states like Florida, Los Angeles, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, or even Alabama, in terms of HOF per capita, PA definitely can contend with the best of them without question. That state is known as the "Cradle of Quarterbacks" for a reason. Some of the greatest ever NFL QBs have played in that state; Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, to name a few. Mind you, this is not accounting for HOF Players from other positions such as Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Jack Ham, Emlen Tunnel, "Concrete Charlie" Chuck Bednarik and more recent legends like Darrelle Revis and Marvin Harrison.


    When it comes to producing NFL Level talent, PA is right up there with states who possess a larger population overall. Truth be told though, PA has historically been a state largely known for Football. Thank the likes of Pitt Football, Penn State and the Steelers of the 70s for that. :lolol:
     
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  12. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

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    Maybe it was Rooster Jones? I believe he came out of Natchez Ms. Also
     
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