In 1980 Covert was a redshirt sophomore defensive tackle. He was buried on the depth chart behind seniors Bill Neill, Jerry Boyarsky and Greg Meisner.
Covert approached Head Coach Jackie Sherrill about switching to the offensive line and was initially rebuffed. Covert finally got his chance with 10 days remaining in spring practice.
"They couldn't find a left tackle after Bob Gruber had graduated so Coach Sherrill asked if I still wanted to switch?'" Covert recalled. "I said, 'Yeah.' I knew I was good enough to start on defense but with what was in front of me, I knew that wasn't going to happen and I just wanted to get on the field."
The rest is history as Covert started at left tackle for three seasons. He earned First Team All-America honors as a junior and a senior and helped Pitt to a pair of 11-1 seasons.
The Chicago Bears selected Covert in the first round of the NFL draft in 1983. He played professionally for nine seasons and was named All-Pro twice as he paved the way for the great Walter Payton.
Covert was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this past December.
"It was a tremendous honor and I was truly humbled by it," Covert said. "When you can be recognized with all of the greats who have played college football from the beginning, that's a pretty cool thing."
Covert says that former Pitt offensive line coach Joe Moore who passed away in 2003 was a great influence on him.
"I was very fortunate to play for someone who I consider the best offensive line coach ever - at ant level of football - and that's Joe Moore," Covert explained. "He saw something in me and gave me an opportunity to be successful."
Covert was part of a great offensive line at Pitt and a great era in Pitt football. He is currently in the health care consulting business in Chicago.
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