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John Woodruff from Connellsville won a Gold Medal in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany.

Pitt boasts rich track & field Olympic history

By Eddie Lasker, Staff Writer February 26, 2021
As Black History Month comes to a close, relive four iconic stories of Pitt track and field Olympians — tales filled with resiliency, dominance and inspiration.
Bobby Grier was a fullback and linebacker, and only Black player on the team in 1956, for Pitt football from 1952-55.  Now, he is 88 years old, and known as the man who integrated the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 1956.

Column | Bobby Grier belongs in the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame immediately

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer February 24, 2021
Legendary Pitt football alum Bobby Grier, who integrated the Sugar Bowl in 1956, must be part of Pitt Athletics’ next Hall of Fame class
Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced the 2020 Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame induction class Tuesday night.

Pitt Athletics unveils 2020 Hall of Fame class

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer May 13, 2020
Pitt basketball stars Jennifer Bruce and Brandin Knight headlined the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame 2020 induction class, unveiled by Athletic Director Heather Lyke Tuesday night.
Joe Solomon (behind) won an NCAA Championship at 167 pounds in 1954.

Joe Solomon named to Pa. Sports Hall of Fame

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer April 15, 2020
The late Joe Solomon, a former wrestling National Champion at Pitt, was named to the 2020 class of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Jim Covert celebrates the retirement of his number, 75, from Pitt Football.  Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

Pitt legend Jimbo Covert selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor January 15, 2020
Pitt football legend Jimbo Covert, who played offensive tackle for the Panthers from 1978-82 and then for the Chicago Bears from 1983-90, was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Wednesday morning.
Pitt retired Billy Knight's number 34 jersey in 1989.

Meet Pitt’s 2019 Hall of Fame inductees

By Emily Wolfe, Sports Editor June 19, 2019
Former NBA all-star and Panther Billy Knight will be the Hall of Fame’s first chairperson.
Former Pitt football players Matt Cavanaugh and Craig Heyward were added to the induction ballot for the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame, located in Atlanta. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Former Pitt athletes nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer June 6, 2018

Two former Pitt football players were added to the induction ballot for the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame on Monday by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Matt Cavanaugh...

Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced the first class to the Pitt Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday morning.  (Photo by Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor)

Lyke announces first class in Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor May 3, 2018

After sorting through more than 300 nominations, it should come as no surprise that the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee chose Panther Football stars Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino and Mike Ditka...

Pitt AD Heather Lyke made the announcement Monday morning. (Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor)

Lyke announces creation of Pitt Hall of Fame

Heather Lyke announced the creation of a Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday morning, according to a release from Pitt athletics. The Hall of Fame — the first of its kind at the University —...

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