Pitt's all-time NFL team

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There are seven Hall of Famers on Pitt's all-time NFL team and three more on the way

If you could put the University of Pittsburgh’s all-time NFL team in a time capsule, it would become an annual Super Bowl contender and likely hoist multiple Lombardi Trophies.

Pitt’s all-time NFL team would feature seven Pro Football Hall of Famers and four other all-decade selections. The 26 players on the team went to a combined 97 Pro Bowls.

The Pitt team would have Dan Marino throwing passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Mike Ditka. It would have Tony Dorsett and Curtis Martin rushing the football with a Hall of Famer and three all-decade selections up front blocking for them.

On defense, it would have Chris Doleman, Rickey Jackson and Aaron Donald rushing the passer and Hall of Famer Joe Schmidt stuffing runs at middle linebacker. Doleman and Jackson are both members of the 100-sack club and Donald is the best defensive player in today’s NFL. Schmidt went to 10 consecutive Pro Bowls. Put the ball in the air and Pitt would have a shutdown corner in Darrelle Revis to take away your best receiver.

Pitt’s all-time NFL team is so talented that an NFL rushing champion (LeSean McCoy) and a nine-time Pro Bowl guard (Ruben Brown) couldn’t make the cut. Also missing the cut was a safety (Paul Martha) who went on to become the CEO of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins. Fitzgerald and Donald are both on career paths that would increase Pitt’s representation in Canton to nine players. Revis would be a potential 10th Hall of Famer.

Here’s the Pitt all-time NFL team:

QB Dan Marino, Hall of Fame

RB Tony Dorsett, Hall of Fame

RB Curtis Martin, Hall of Fame

WR Larry Fitzgerald, 2000s NFL all-decade team

WR Tyler Boyd, 152 catches in first 3 years with Bengals

TE Mike Ditka, Hall of Fame

OT Jimbo Covert, 1990s NFL all-decade team

OT Mark May, 3-time Super Bowl champ, 1 Pro Bowl

G Russ Grimm, Hall of Fame

G Bill Fralic, 1990s NFL all-decade team

C Mark Stepnoski, 1990s NFL all-decade team

DE Chris Doleman, Hall of Fame

DE Bill McPeak, 3 Pro Bowls in the 1950s

DT Aaron Donald, 2-time NFL Defensive Player of Year

DT Bill Maas, 2 Pro Bowls in the 1980s

OLB Rickey Jackson, Hall of Fame

MLB Joe Schmidt, Hall of Fame

OLB Hugh Green, 2 Pro Bowls in the 1980s

CB Darrelle Revis, 7 Pro Bowls

CB Shawntee Spencer, 9 seasons, 11 INTs

S Carlton Williamson, 2-time Super Bowl champion

S Ed Sharockman, 12 seasons, 40 INTs

K Fred Cox, Vikings all-time leading scorer (1,365 poiints)

P Andy Lee, 3 Pro Bowls

KR LeRod Stephens-Howling, 3 career KR TDs

ST ace Louis Riddick, 94 games, 8 starts

Comments (4)
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brian wolf
brian wolf

What a team indeed...

Carlton Williamson of the 49ers could hammer people but to this day I still believe Dan Marino was meant to be a Steeler...The Steelers were in position but Noll wouldnt take him in the draft. When Marino joined the Dolphins he beat the Steelers the first four times he faced them including the AFC Championship Game.

Hopefully HOF voters will take a closer look at Mark Stepnoski's career as a center for Dallas and Houston. Both Emmitt Smith and Eddie George benefitted from his great blocking.

Rick Gosselin
Rick Gosselin


I firmly believe if a player is named to an all-decade team -- thus being singled out as one of the best players at his position during his era -- he deserves to be discussed as to where he fits in context with the greatest players at his position all time. Stepnoski has not received that discussion yet. There are 60-plus all-decade players in the senior pool. There's a flaw in the system that needs to be fixed.

Eric Reuscher
Eric Reuscher

Love the list. Stepnoski is a great call. Kid is overlooked all the time, but he was such a tactician. I looked and he's not even in his high school's HOF at Erie Cathedral Prep. Dude was all-state and had a 4.2 GPA.

Rick Gosselin
Rick Gosselin


Emmitt Smith told me his first read on run downs was the center. Stepnoski was a big part of his success and that of the Cowboys on the ground. Smart, smart player.