Posted: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013
23 days until the ACC:
Pitt, Syracuse, and Louisville may not be known as current football powers in today's college football world. Historically, there's not many that can match the quality of NFL players that the Panthers and the Orange have sent to the professional ranks, some who are among the best at their position. Pitt, as we all know, has some of the best players in the NFL amongst its alumni base. Players like Larry Fitzgerald, Lesean McCoy, and Darrelle Revis once called Oakland their home. At the very least, 1, perhaps more, will eventually be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The current ACC, in total, has seen 24 of it's alumni eventually gone on to become Hall of Famers. The list is as follows:
Boston College: Art Donovan, Ernie Stautner
Duke: Sonny Jurgensen, George McAfee, Clarence (Ace) Parker
Florida State: Fred Biletnikoff, Deion Sanders
Georgia Tech: Joe Guyon, Billy Shaw
Maryland: Stan Jones, Randy White
Miami (FL): Ted Hendricks, Michael Irvin, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto, Warren Sapp
North Carolina: Chris Hanburger, Lawrence Taylor
Virginia: Bill Dudley, Henry Jordan, Ralph Wilson Jr.
Virginia Tech: Bruce Smith
Wake Forest: Bill George
Surprisingly, Clemson, a school with a good bit of history and success in the college ranks has yet to see a player go on to become a Hall of Famer, while Wake Forest does. The Deacs almost have as many as Florida State.
Pitt, Syracuse, and Louisville combined have 16. The Panthers and the Orange have 8 and 7, respectively, each being more than the current leading ACC school, Miami, who has 6. So for those who are saying that Pitt and Syracuse won't add anything to the football slate, you may want to think again.