Two former Pitt greats will be back with their former team on Saturday.
Pitt announced that defensive tackle Aaron Donald and running back LeSean McCoy will serve as honorary coaches for Saturday’s Spring Game at Heinz Field.
Donald finished his career as one of the most honored players in school history winning the Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award and the Outland Trophy. That success has carried over to the NFL as he’s been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his five pro seasons and is the back-to-back winner of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Although he only spent two seasons with the Panthers, McCoy made an impact as he rushed for 2,816 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career. Those rushing and touchdown totals are Pitt football records for freshman and sophomores.
Since being drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles, McCoy has went on to rush for 10,606 yards. “Shady” is the only player in NFL history with 10,000+ rushing yards, 400+ receptions, 80+ touchdowns and a 4.5-yard rushing average per carry. Since coming into the league in 2009, McCoy leads the NFL in most yards from scrimmage (14,222).
“When you think about NFL players who have set the standard at their positions over the last decade, Aaron Donald and LeSean McCoy are definitely high on that list,” said Pat Narduzzi. “Our current players walk past their images every day in our facility. They performed at the highest levels while at Pitt and continue to do it in the pros. We are thrilled Aaron and LeSean will be with us on Saturday. It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing them on our sideline again decked out in Blue and Gold.”
The Blue-Gold Game will start at 1 PM, with the gates for the general public opening at Noon. Seating will be general admission in the lower bowl on the home sideline of the stadium.