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Bowls & awards

| Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In response to the “Bowl nonsense” item in “Pittsburgh Tuesday takes” : I agree that there are way too many bowl games that reward mediocrity.

I also would hope that the Trib would find space to applaud Aaron Donald, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award winner as the nation's top collegiate football defensive player and the Outland Trophy winner as the nation's top collegiate interior lineman, offensive or defensive. There are approximately 10,600 Division I college football players. If you divide that by half to eliminate offensive players and subtract for kickers and punters, Aaron is being picked as the best out of approximately 5,000 athletes.

As a long-suffering Pitt football fan (mechanical engineering, 1974), I'd like to thank you, Mr. Donald, for giving us something to cheer about. To quote the Trib, you are “the cream of the crop.”

Anthony Saggio

Hampton

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