Think of the Pitt Panthers as pioneers. After all, the University of Pittsburgh football program — established in 1889 — was the first to institute numbered jerseys. The first to broadcast its games on the radio. The first to travel by plane to away games. Pitt even desegregated the Sugar Bowl, sending Bobby Grier onto the field of play in 1956. Today, the Panthers own more than 700 wins, including nine national titles and a pair of conference crowns. With names like Heisman Trophy-winner Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino, Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Bryant, Mike Ditka, Matt Cavanaugh, Russ Grimm and Craig “Ironhead” Heyward on its all-time honor roll, Pitt has built a singular college football tradition. Join the fun at Heinz Field and let out your inner Official University Yell. Grab your Pitt Panthers football tickets at StubHub.
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A sub .500 5-7 finish meant no bowl game for Pitt for the first time in a decade. Fourth-year head coach Pat Narduzzi hopes to reverse the Panthers’ fortunes in 2018. With two of the three quarterbacks who saw the field last year gone, Narduzzi will look to returning sophomore Kenny Pickett, with Ricky Town a capable backup.
Pittsburgh Panthers Football History
Credit consecutive 3-8 and 1-10 seasons for a turnaround that is still talked about to this day on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The 1971-72 skid was enough for University Chancellor Wesley Posvar to call for a program makeover. Enter sough-after running back Tony Dorsett. Brought on board by new coach Johnny Majors, the native Pennsylvanian would restore order, leading Pitt to the national title and winning the Heisman Trophy. Making regular appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Dorsett would go on to earn first-round honors in the 1977 NFL Draft, and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year with the Dallas Cowboys.
Pittsburgh Panthers Football Home: Heinz Field
Sharing their Heinze Field home with the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pitt Panthers are often at their best against rivals West Virginia, Penn State and Notre Dame. Opened in 2001, Heinz Field seats 68,400 spectators, and has played host to everything from Bon Jovi and U2 concerts to the 2011 NHL Winter Classic.
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