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August 3, 2013

Countdown to Labor Day: 30



The countdown to the start of the 2013 season is under way, as Pitt is 30 days away from its Labor Day opener against Florida State at Heinz Field. Panther-Lair.com is counting down the days until the biggest season opener in recent memory.

Today's number is 30, so we're looking at a record number of draft picks.

The case for Pitt's 1980 team as one the school's best non-championship squad is more or less open-and-shut. That team is clearly at the top of that particular list. But the 1980 Panthers might even be in the conversation as the best team in school history, regardless of championship.

Actually, 13 different national selectors - including the New York Times and the Sagarin Ratings - chose the Panthers as the 1980 national champions. But one of the strongest cases to be made for the 1980 team as one of Pitt's best lies in the caliber of player who lined up for the Panthers that season.

Over the course of the four NFL Drafts that followed the 1980 season, 30 Pitt players were selected by pro teams. The big haul was in the 1981 Draft, when 12 of the 1980 team's senior leaders were taken, including three first-round picks - Hugh Green, Randy McMillan and Mark May - as well as second-round pick Rickey Jackson.

In the 1982 Draft, three Pitt players were selected (none higher than Emil Boures in the seventh round) but in 1983, the Panthers made another splash. Led by first-round picks Jimbo Covert, Tim Lewis and Dan Marino, nine Pitt players were selected in 1983. The following year six remaining players from the 1980 team were drafted, including first-round pick Bill Maas.

Of the 30 draft picks from the 1980 team, seven were first-round selections, two were second-round selections and four were taken in the third round.

Draft picks from the 1980 Pitt football team (numbers indicate round and pick)
1981 Draft
1: Hugh Green - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1: Randy McMillan - Baltimore Colts
1: Mark May - Washington Redskins
2: Rickey Jackson - New Orleans Saints
3: Greg Meisner - Los Angeles Rams
3: Carlton Williamson - San Francisco 49ers
3: Russ Grimm - Washington Redskins
5: Bill Neill - New York Giants
5: Benjie Pryor - Cincinnati Bengals
5: Lynn Thomas - San Francisco 49ers
5: Jerry Boyarsky - New Orleans Saints
11: Rick Trocano - Pittsburgh Steelers

1982 Draft
7: Emil Boures - Pittsburgh Steelers
10: Sal Sunseri - Pittsburgh Steelers
11: Sam Clancy - Seattle Seahawks

1983 Draft
1: Jim Covert - Chicago Bears
1: Tim Lewis - Green Bay Packers
1: Dan Marino - Miami Dolphins
5: Bryan Thomas - Green Bay Packers
6: Dave Puzzuoli - Cleveland Browns
6: Ron Sams - Green Bay Packers
8: Rich Kranyak - Philadelphia Eagles
9: Rob Fada - Chicago Bears
12: Julius Dawkins - Buffalo Bills

1984 Draft
1: Bill Maas - Kansas City Chiefs
2: Jim Sweeney - New York Jets
3: Joe McCall - Los Angeles Raiders
5: Tom Flynn - Green Bay Packers
6: Dwight Collins - Minnesota Vikings
10: Al Wenglikowski - Kansas City Chiefs

Previous entries in the Countdown

Countdown: 31 - The fifth national title
Countdown: 32 - The longest winning streak
Countdown: 33 - The best to wear the uniform
Countdown: 34 - The backup to a legend
Countdown: 35 - A brief but superlative career
Countdown: 36 - National championship No. 7
Countdown: 37 - A shared passing record
Countdown: 38 - Sutherland's last year
Countdown: 39 - "Dandy Dick" Cassiano
Countdown: 40 - The unheralded tackling machine
Countdown: 41 - Another versatile mid-century athlete
Countdown: 42 - One of the greatest
Countdown: 43 - Pitt vs. the 2013 opponents
Countdown: 44 - An unfortunate score
Countdown: 45 - The Rhino
Countdown: 46 - The great Bimbo
Countdown: 47 - A huge effort in a tough loss
Countdown: 48 - The highest-scoring game
Countdown: 49 - The sack master
Countdown: 50 - The winningest coach in Pitt history
Countdown: 51 - A kicking record
Countdown: 52 - The link between Goldberg and Dorsett
Countdown: 53 - The legacy of Henry Ford
Countdown: 54 - A "Corny" mid-century quarterback
Countdown: 55 - Pitt makes history
Countdown: 56 - Panthers in the Super Bowl
Countdown: 57 - A unique scoring title
Countdown: 58 - Another Dorsett record
Countdown: 59 - The rare 59-point game
Countdown: 60 - A record that won't be broken
Countdown: 61 - Pitt's longest-running rivalry
Countdown: 62 - The last touchdown against Penn State
Countdown: 63 - The No Bowl Panthers
Countdown: 64 - The most passes in a game
Countdown: 65 - The other 13-9
Countdown: 66 - A local star
Countdown: 67 - One-win seasons
Countdown: 68 - The most prolific receiving game
Countdown: 69 - One of the biggest plays in Pitt history
Countodwn: 70 - The origin of Pitt's nine championships
Countdown: 71 - A good player in a bad era
Countdown: 72 - An All-American who became a dentist
Countdown: 73 - May Day
Countdown: 74 - A "groundwork" season
Countdown: 75 - A successful DL-to-OL move
Countdown: 76 - The 1976 national championship
Countdown: 77 - The last three-sport athletes
Countdown: 78 - An underrated pro
Countdown: 79 - One of the best
Countdown: 80 - The greatest non-championship team in Pitt history
Countdown: 81 - A crushing end to a great season
Countdown: 82 - The dawn of the Foge Era
Countdown: 83 - The most accurate kicker in Pitt history
Countdown: 84 - Pitt in the Pro Bowl
Countdown: 85 - A play that will never be matched
Countdown: 86 - A long but unfulfilled play
Countdown: 87 - The final year of Ironhead
Countdown: 88 - Pitt's All-American tradition
Countdown: 89 - Iron Mike
Countdown: 90 - The four 9-0's
Countdown: 91 - The two longest plays in Pitt history
Countdown: 92 - The senior year of the most productive QB in Pitt history
Countdown: 93 - The only 9-3 season in Pitt history
Countdown: 94 - The statistical oddity of 1994
Countdown: 95 - A relentless player and his dominant season
Countdown: 96 - The biggest win in Pitt history
Countdown: 97 - A dominant current Panther
Countdown: 98 - A transition year
Countdown: 99 - Hugh Green
Countdown: 100 - A look at Pitt in 1913






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