Fan Vote - Most Colorful Quote in Pitt History: "If I wanted to learn a school song, I would've gone to Notre Dame or Penn State. I want to kill people on the football field. That's why I came to Pitt." - DT Tony Siragusa (37% of the vote)
Fan Vote - Greatest Freshman Season in Pitt History: RB Tony Dorsett (1973) (39% of the vote)
After the first day of scrimmaging at 1973 training camp, new Pitt head coach John Majors knew who his top ball carrier would be. Barely 175 pounds, Tony Dorsett seized the starting tailback job in August and then turned college football on its collective ear with a fabulous debut season. Dorsett became the first freshman to earn consensus All-America honors in 29 years after rushing for 1,686 yards and leading Pitt to a Cinderella Fiesta Bowl season. The '73 campaign, sparked by Dorsett's greatness, ushered in a Pitt football renaissance. It would be a springboard that four years later would produce a national championship for Pitt and a Heisman Trophy for Dorsett.
Fan Vote - Most Underrated Player in Pitt History: Jerry Olsavsky (1985-88) (24% of the vote)
Twenty-six years following his final college season, Jerry "O" still personifies what a Pitt middle linebacker should be: tough, tenacious, instinctive and intelligent. Lacking the prototypical measurables--Olsavsky was listed at 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds--he produced three consecutive 100-tackle seasons from 1986-88. He spearheaded a Pitt defense that ranked among the nation's top 10 in each of those seasons (ninth in 1986 and fourth in both 1987 and '88). A first team All-American as a senior, the NFL still wasn't convinced. He lasted until the 10th round of the 1989 draft when the Steelers selected him 258th overall. Defying his draft status, Olsavsky played a decade in the NFL, including nine seasons with Pittsburgh (1989-97) and his final year with the Baltimore Ravens (1998). He tenaciously overcame a severe knee injury to become a starter at inside linebacker for the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. (He remains with the Steelers organization on the defensive staff.) When discussions arise about Pitt's greatest defenders and competitors, Olsavsky should always be prominently mentioned.
Fan Vote - Greatest Combo in Pitt History: Hugh Green and Rickey Jackson (34% of the vote) Honorable Mention: Jeff Delaney and Bob Jury (33% of the vote)
Arguably the most devastating defensive end tandem in college football history, Hugh Green and Rickey Jackson ran roughshod over opponents during the 1979 and 1980 seasons. In Hollywood movie terms, this was the equivalent of having Darth Vader and the Predator on the same defense--there was simply no escape. As seniors in '80, the pair spearheaded the nation's No. 1 defense and combined for an incredible 260 tackles, 29 sacks and eight fumble recoveries.
Fan Vote - Greatest TD in Pitt History: Running Back Tony Dorsett, 1976 (53% of the vote)
Tony Dorsett's senior season is the gold standard for Pitt running backs. In 12 games, Dorsett rushed for 2,150 yards and 22 touchdowns. Over the final seven games of the 1976 season, as Pitt was charging toward the national championship, he averaged 215 yards rushing per game. Having finished fourth in the Heisman balloting as a junior in 1975, Dorsett became Pitt's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1976. He earned 701 of a possible 842 first-place votes for an overall total of 2,357 points, finishing far ahead of second-place finisher Ricky Bell of USC (1,346 points).
Fan Vote - Greatest TD in Pitt History: Jan. 21, 1982 "Marino to Brown" (40% of the vote)
Fourth and 5. Forty-two seconds left. Pitt trails Georgia, 20-17, in the 1982 Sugar Bowl. Coach Jackie Sherrill calls a timeout to discuss field goal and - in the pre-overtime era - leaving the Superdome with a tie. But, as junior quarterback Dan Marino would say later, "If there is any time at all on the clock, then there is enough time for us to win." The end result is one of the most dramatic endings in college bowl game history. Two things about this play never cease to amaze: the perfect trajectory of Dan Marino's winning 33-yard TD pass and John Brown's phenomenal effort to hold onto the ball despite taking a vicious hit from the Georgia safety. As he landed in the end zone, Brown recalled thinking, "Hey, do you know what you just did?" Score the most legendary touchdown in Pitt history, that's what.