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The Pitt football team recently received a proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh declaring "University of Pittsburgh Panthers Football Team Day" due to the team's involvement in cleaning up Pittsburgh's hillside communities. The work was done in conjunction with the city and the Hilltop Alliance. 

The Panthers assisted in cleaning up the communities of Allentown, Beltzhoover and Knoxville on March 23, 2013. According to the proclamation, "the team combed the streets and climbed steep park hillsides to remove unsightly litter and discarded items from public areas. The team collected 30 yards of debris, including 244 large bags of litter, four additional truckloads of loose wood and building material remnants and 55 abandoned tires."

The proclamation was presented by the Mayor's office over the holiday break as the entire team gathered to help wrap and organize gifts for the Christmas Day at Pitt for those in need. 

To view the entire proclamation, click here.

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Your Pitt Panthers hit the road later today to travel to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Mich., where they will take on the Falcons of Bowling Green on Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. on ESPN. We'll have updates for you throughout the week on Pitt Live Wire, @GoPittFootball on Twitter and the Pitt Facebook page, but until then take a look at a compilation of highlights from the 2013 season.


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Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named a first team All-American by the Associated Press.

The NCAA uses five All-America squads to determine consensus and unanimous status: AP, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers (FWAA), Sporting News and Walter Camp. Aaron has already been named to three of these squads (first-team selection by AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp.) The other two teams will be announced this week.

The last Pitt player to be a unanimous first-team All-American was wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.

The last Pitt defensive player to be a unanimous first-team All-American was defensive end Hugh Green in 1980. (Green was also unanimous in 1979. 

Pitt players have earned unanimous status 13 times (11 different players - Green and Bill Fralic [1983-84] were two-time unanimous picks).

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The complete 2013 AP All-America Team:

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
Quarterback -- Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, Florida State.
Running backs -- Andre Williams, senior, 6-0, 227, Boston College; Ka'Deem Carey, junior, 5-10, 196, Arizona.
Tackles -- Jake Matthews, senior, 6-5, 305, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama.
Guards -- Cyril Richardson, senior, 6-5, 340, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, 6-5, 313, Stanford.
Center -- Bryan Stork, senior, 6-4, 300, Florida State.
Wide receivers -- Brandin Cooks, junior, 5-10, 186, Oregon State; Mike Evans, sophomore, 6-5, 225, Texas A&M.
Tight end -- Jace Amaro, junior, 6-5, 260, Texas Tech.
All-purpose player -- Jordan Lynch, senior, 6-0, 216, Northern Illinois.
Kicker -- Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 203, Florida State.

DEFENSE
Ends -- Michael Sam, senior, 6-2, 255, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, 6-5, 250, Texas.
Tackles -- Aaron Donald, senior, 6-0, 285, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior, 6-1, 288, Arizona State.
Linebackers -- Anthony Barr, senior, 6-4, 248, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, 6-2, 238, Alabama; Ryan Shazier, junior, 6-2, 230, Ohio State.
Cornerbacks -- Darqueze Dennard, senior, 5-11, 197, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior, 5-8, 190, Florida State.
Safeties -- Cody Prewitt, junior, 6-2, 220, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, 6-1, 198, Washington State.
Punter -- Tom Hornsey, senior, 6-3, 210, Memphis.

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback -- Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M.
Running backs -- Tre' Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington.
Tackles -- Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan.
Guards -- Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su'a-Filo, junior, UCLA.
Center -- Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma.
Wide receivers -- Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno State.
Tight end -- Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina.
All-purpose player -- Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford.
Kicker -- Anthony Fera, senior, Texas.

DEFENSE
Ends -- Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State.
Tackles -- Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina.
Linebackers -- Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland, senior, Wisconsin.
Cornerbacks -- Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU.
Safeties -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor.
Punter -- Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M.

THIRD TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback -- A.J. McCarron, senior, Alabama.
Running backs -- Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska.
Tackles -- Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn.
Guards -- John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin.
Center -- Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn.
Wide receivers -- Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior, Vanderbilt.
Tight end -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington.
All-purpose player -- Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU.
Kicker -- Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern.

DEFENSE
Ends -- Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech.
Tackles -- Ra'Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, Southern California.
Linebackers --Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos Allen, senior, Michigan State.
Cornerbacks -- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida.
Safeties -- Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas State.
Punter -- Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho.

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Continuing to add to his tally of honors and awards, on Tuesday senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the CBSSports.com Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first team selection

CBSSports.com will run a live online show at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the team. Included in the broadcast will be an interview with Donald. 


Tonight marks the end of Aaron Donald's whirlwind tour as it comes to a close at the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. We're all hoping for a sweep of awards tonight as Aaron has already taken home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award. Tonight he is a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, both given out on the awards show which airs live on ESPN from 7-9 p.m. 

Prior to the show, there will be a Red Carpet Special on ESPNU beginning at 6 p.m. and Aaron will be interviewed live during that hour. Additionally, following the show, turn back to ESPNU for the awards postgame show. 

Continue to come back to Pitt Live Wire throughout the night and into tomorrow for rolling coverage from our Pitt Live Wire staff on the scene in Orlando. Good luck to Aaron and Hail to Pitt!

 


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On Monday night, senior DT Aaron Donald became the first Pitt player since 1980 to win a national defensive award when he took home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the top defensive player in the country. Aaron won trophy No. 2 on Wednesday night when he traveled to Houston for the Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony. The ceremony, which honors the nation's top lineman or linebacker, was broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network and featured finalists Donald, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.



To talk about his Nagurski Trophy win and his week full of travel, Aaron appeared on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan's morning show with hosts Gregg Giannotti and Jim Colony and guest, Steeler Larry Foote. The conversation ranged from his approach on the field, to how it felt to win the Nagurski Trophy, to the quality of food at the banquets and advice for Aaron as he looks to his NFL career. Listen to the entire podcast here.  

Aaron also spoke with Trib Live Radio's Dejan Kovacevic on Wednesday live from Houston prior to his appearance at the Rotary Lombardi Award Banquet and spoke about his awards, the team's upcoming Little Caesars Pizza Bowl appearance and his thoughts on the NFL. Listen to the entire podcast here. 

One down, three to go! Pitt senior DT Aaron Donald is your 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. Congratulations, Aaron!

This week, Aaron is going to be traveling the country as he is a finalist for four national awards. Monday night's stop was Charlotte, N.C., for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, handed out to the top defensive player in all of college football. Check out some behind the scenes interviews with not only the man of the hour, AD, but hear from his parents as well. The emotion and excitement is real and I hope you come along with us for this journey! 






Personality Test: Paul Chryst

Head football coach Paul Chryst was featured Thursday in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Personality Test and gives us insight into more than just his coaching philosophy. Take a look into the life of Coach Chryst in Personality Test: Paul Chryst.

Vote Tyler Boyd for ACC Must See Moment



Pitt freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd and his spectacular diving catch against North Carolina this season is up for the ACC's Must See Moment of the 2013 season. Voting is going on now through Friday. 

Boyd 
became the Pitt all-time freshman receptions leader on Friday against Miami. Entering the game needing just two catches to surpass Larry Fitzgerald's record of 69 catches in 2002, Boyd finished with nine catches for 98 yards and one touchdown. Boyd now has 77 catches on the season. He also reached the 1,000-yard milestone when he caught his seventh touchdown of the season in the game's final seconds. With 1,001 receiving yards this season, Boyd is the first Panther to achieve that feat since Jon Baldwin in 2009.

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Aaron Donald Season Highlights

You've asked for them so here they are -- Aaron Donald's 2013 season highlights. It was tough to cut down, but here are the best in 11 minutes and 30 seconds of the Pitt senior star DT. 

Football Postgame Coverage: Miami

Last week Pitt Live Wire brought you "A Football Story: Aaron Donald" but there was a lot you missed that wasn't able to be included in the piece. We'd never want to cheat you, so here they are. Full interviews conducted by Bill Hillgrove with head coach Paul Chryst and Aaron Donald. Hear more insight by Coach Chryst on what makes Aaron special, and Aaron tells you in his own words why he's exactly where he's always wanted to be.

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