Well, there were not too many comments on the Pittsburgh Mount Rushmore, making it a challenge for the Confidential. Ultimately, the Confidential is going with Mike Ditka. People forget how good he was a Pitt–an All-American tight end that led the team in receiving for all three years. From there, he solidified his name as a NFL player and coach. While he has had some controversially dumb things to say, there is no question that he is the epitome of “toughness,” which is an attribute that is associated with Pittsburgh, in general.
Pop Warner had great success, but he had success in a lot of places. And his replacement had even more success. Johnny Majors had a great peak with a National Championship, but then departed for his alma mater. Hugh Green was the real challenger to Ditka. But Green’s college dominance is offset by notable lack of accomplishment on or off the field thereafter. Great player, but falls slight short of being an icon.
The Final Pittsburgh Mount Rushmore: Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino, Jock Southerland, and Mike Ditka.