Number of the day: 25
One of the most prominent college football players in Erie history wore the No. 25. Fred Biletnikoff was such a big star at Florida State that an award for his position is now named after him.
The Fred Biletnikoff Award is given annually to the nation’s top receiver.
Biletnikoff, a Tech Memorial grad, had a brilliant 1964 season, catching 70 passes for 1,179 yards and 15 touchdowns. His greatest performance came in the Gator Bowl when he caught 13 passes for 192 yards and four touchdowns while leading Florida State to a 36-19 victory over Oklahoma.
Of course, he went on to be drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1965 and eventually ended up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Erie Times-News picked him as Erie’s Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century.
Note: Another Erie football great wore No. 25 in college, too. Cathedral Prep grad Tim Colicchio was No. 25 at Pitt. Look for more on Colicchio in the College Kickoff Countdown at No. 4. (Find out why he’s at No. 4 in 21 days.)