After five years, 47 starts and a long, improbable journey to All-ACC status, Jimmy Morrissey’s Pitt career ended in a matter of days.

Morrissey played his last game for the Panthers on Thursday night. He said good-bye to teammates and coaches after Friday’s final team meeting. On Saturday, the former walk-on cleaned out his apartment, drove 250 miles down the turnpike to his hometown of Huntingdon Valley and called Pat Narduzzi along the way to thank him again for the opportunity.

At 7 a.m. Sunday, Morrissey was dropped off at Philadelphia International Airport, where he flew to Pensacola, Fla. It was on that three-hour flight that his new reality started to set in. The Panthers’ four-year starting center watched film from their 34-20 win against Georgia Tech, taking him back to the night that capped a career.

Then on Sunday night, Morrissey, Pitt’s two-time captain, declared for the 2021 NFL draft with a three-word tweet: “Thank you Pitt.”

Scroll to Top