Revis, Fitzgerald Among NFL's Best

Two of the youngest and most-rising stars in the NFL today played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh, and their talents were on display this week during the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

Wideout Larry Fitzgerald had two touchdown catches and was named the game's MVP, as he helped lead the NFC to a 30-21 victory, while cornerback Darrelle Revis played for the AFC in just his second pro season and had an interception.

Fitzgerald, who starred for Pittsburgh from 2002-03, had two touchdown catches, including a 46-yard score on a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the first half. He finished with five receptions for 81 yards, and his two-yard touchdown on a fade route with 4:07 remaining provided the winning points.

"It was fun to get out here and have a good time with these guys,'' Fitzgerald said about his third Pro Bowl appearance. "It's always a great event to be able to come out here and enjoy a great season with friends. It was an honor.''

Former Pitt WR Larry Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald's Pro Bowl production, combined with three playoff games and the Super Bowl, brought his postseason total to 35 receptions for 627 yards and nine touchdowns. His performance during those five post-season games elevated Fitzgerald among the best receivers in the NFL today.

Fitzgerald's stardom in the NFL is no surprise to those who saw him as a collegian at Pitt, where he was a unanimous All-American, the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Biletnikoff Award winner and the Heisman Trophy runner-up. He caught a touchdown in an amazing 18 consecutive games to set an NCAA record and set or tied four additional national marks, eight Big East records and 11 Pitt standards as well.

Revis, who was a Pitt standout from 2004-06, was named to the Pro Bowl after completing only his second NFL season. He played a variety of positions in the game, including left cornerback, right corner, nickelback and on special teams. His first Pro Bowl interception was a highlight, as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning tried to go deep to Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin.

"I saw Anquan Boldin just go deep, so I turned into him and looked up and saw the ball coming,'' Revis told New York "It was in the sun a little bit, so I stared into the sun real good and saw the ball well. There wasn't that much contact between me and him. I just turned my body and tried to one-hand it. It was a good play on my part showcasing my talent and my abilities.''

Revis was a two-time first-team All-Big East selection at Pitt. Despite opposing offenses throwing away from him the vast majority of the time during his final season, he scored three touchdowns, including two on interception returns and one on a thrilling 73-yard punt return against West Virginia. His punt return was selected the 2006 "College Football Play of the Year'' by ESPN.

Pitt's media relations department contributed to this story.

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