PITTSBURGH (WKBN) – Many forget that prior to his political career and stint in Congress from 1985-2002, Cardinal Mooney alum Jim Traficant was the starting quarterback for coach John Michelosen’s Pitt Panthers.

He threw for 1455 yards and 9 touchdown passes between 1960 and 1962 in Oakland. In 1962, he led the Panthers to a 5-5 mark as he completed 39 passes for 611 yards and 3 scores.

Traficant was drafted in the 20th round by the Steelers in the 1963 NFL Draft.

Jim Traficant, QB/Pitt
1962: 611 passing yards, 3 TDs; 2 rushing TDs

1962 Panthers’ Results
Penn State 16 Panthers 0
Panthers 7 Army 6
Notre Dame 43 Panthers 22
Panthers 24 Syracuse 6
Navy 32 Panthers 9
Panthers 8 UCLA 6
West Virginia 15 Panthers 8
Panthers 26 California 24
Panthers 24 Baylor 14
Miami, FL 23 Panthers 14

Countdown to College Football
August 14 – Top sports star in 1942 wins Heisman
August 15 – Before politics, Traficant started at QB for Pitt
August 16 – Roger Staubach meets Youngstown State
August 17 – “Best linebacker I ever coached” says Woody Hayes
August 18 – Sherman “Tank” runs wild for Miami of Ohio
August 19 – Sugar Bowl MVP aids Pitt in title game
August 20 – Lombardi award winner called New Castle home
August 21 – Walk-on Karlis kicks for Cincinnati
August 22 – K-State registers 1st bowl victory; Coleman named MVP
August 23 – Burke’s 400-yard game lifts Michigan State past Brady & Michigan
August 24 – Clarett shines for Buckeyes in memorable season
August 25 – Syracuse’s workhorse from Struthers
August 26 – Missouri’s dual-threat quarterback boosts Tigers to top Nebraska
August 27 – Penn State QB guides Nittany Lion faithful to Rose Bowl