A little more than two decades ago, Penn Hills had one of the best high school linebackers in the country.
Tom Tumulty was a tough, hard-hitting, 6-foot-4, 235-pound linebacker at Penn Hills who also played tight end for coach Neil Gordon. As a senior in 1990, he was considered the top prospect in the WPIAL. He was named to the prestigious Parade All-American team after his senior season and was recruited by many colleges.
Tumulty turned down scholarship offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State, among others, and signed with Pitt. In 1991, he became only the sixth freshman in Pitt history to start the first game of his freshman year. Two of the others were Tony Dorsett and Bill Fralic (another Penn Hills graduate).
After a stellar career as a Pitt linebacker, Tumulty was taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Tumulty played 31 games in three seasons with the Bengals before knee injuries forced an early retirement.