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Most Underrated Player in Pitt History - #PittTop10 (Week Four)

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Fan Vote - Most Underrated Player in Pitt History: Jerry Olsavsky (1985-88) (24% of the vote)

Twenty-six years following his final college season, Jerry "O" still personifies what a Pitt middle linebacker should be: tough, tenacious, instinctive and intelligent. Lacking the prototypical measurables--Olsavsky was listed at 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds--he produced three consecutive 100-tackle seasons from 1986-88. He spearheaded a Pitt defense that ranked among the nation's top 10 in each of those seasons (ninth in 1986 and fourth in both 1987 and '88). A first team All-American as a senior, the NFL still wasn't convinced. He lasted until the 10th round of the 1989 draft when the Steelers selected him 258th overall. Defying his draft status, Olsavsky played a decade in the NFL, including nine seasons with Pittsburgh (1989-97) and his final year with the Baltimore Ravens (1998). He tenaciously overcame a severe knee injury to become a starter at inside linebacker for the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. (He remains with the Steelers organization on the defensive staff.) When discussions arise about Pitt's greatest defenders and competitors, Olsavsky should always be prominently mentioned.

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