BY RACHEL JONES
Ease the pain of college football withdrawal by stopping by the ground floor of the University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman Library. Explore a collection of historic photographs from years of the legacy that is Pitt Panthers football. Miriam Meislik, media curator for Pitt’s Archives Service Center, chose the snapshots to pay tribute to the fans, coaches, bands, and mascots who have supported the team since day one. “The images show the team’s evolution from its beginning days in 1889 as a ragtag group of students who didn’t know how to play the game, to the glory days of bowl championships and award-winning players,” Meislik says. Highlighted players include quarterback Dan Marino, tight end Mike Keller “Iron Mike” Ditka, Jr., and fullback Robert “Bobby” Grier — who, in 1955, was the first African American to compete in the Sugar Bowl. Photographs of those legends and many more will be on display until January 17.