Western Pa. football legend Tony Dorsett celebrates birthday

PITTSBURGH — 33 is 66!

College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett, Pitt’s 1976 Heisman Trophy winner, is celebrating a birthday on Tuesday.

Dorsett is near the top of western Pennsylvania’s list of legendary athletes. After a standout career at Hopewell High School, he made an immediate impact at the University of Pittsburgh, where he rushed for over 1500 yards as a freshman and was a consensus All-American. Dorsett finished his college career with 6,082 yards, an NCAA record that stood for 22 years. Including his yardage from three bowl games, Dorsett’s college rushing yardage surpasses 6,500 yards.

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Dorsett also gave me one of my greatest sports memories. I was a teenager in November of 1975 when I talked my way onto the field at Pitt Stadium and volunteered to work for the television production company, TCS. As I pulled camera cable on the sidelines, I watched Dorsett’s record-setting 303-yard performance against Notre Dame.

Dorsett’s resume is impressive—he won a Heisman Trophy and a college national championship, a Super Bowl, and earned induction to both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.