Staring out at the Consol Energy Center today, from our broadcast spot at the Souper Bowl, I could see there was plenty of open space for the Mario Lemieux statue that will be put there one day soon. And it got me to thinking: Which Pittsburgh sports figure deserves the next statue, after Mario? Bill Mazeroski, Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner and Art Rooney already have statues. Plus Franco Harris, I suppose, if you include that oversized figurine (which I like very much) at the airport. Who’s next? I could see Chuck Noll, Mean Joe Greene or perhaps even the late Myron Cope, as my broadcast partner Josh Miller suggested (and many listeners suggested a statue for Josh, which I fully support). But I’m going with Tony Dorsett, who had a legendary career at Pitt. He was a three-time first-team All-American who finished his career with 6,082 yards, then an NCAA record. Talk to any longtime Pittsburgh sports observer, and they will tell you Dorsett was one of the greatest athletes who ever performed here. Plus, he’s from here. Yeah, I know, he went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys. Not his fault. Give the man a statue. Thoughts?
NFL Pro Football Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett (left) and Mike Ditka (right) award Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Levitra Play of the year Award at the Jacksonville Convention Center onbruary 2, 2005 (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Tony Dorsett (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)