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Former WVU, Current Steelers DB Beanie Bishop Doubles Down on Dislike of Pitt



WVU Football DB Beanie Bishop Jr.

There’s no love lost between West Virginia and Pitt, and there’s certainly no love lost between Pitt and Beanie Bishop Jr.

Bishop, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2024 NFL Draft after becoming a consensus All-American during his lone season at WVU, has made it clear he doesn’t like Pitt. He reinforced that sentiment in a recent interview.

In an interview with Steel City Insider, shared by, Bishop spoke about a notable moment in his WVU career.

“It should’ve been a house call,” Bishop said of his interception against Pitt. “I got a little winded, but we ended up scoring anyway. I’m glad I was able to do it in the Backyard Brawl because I don’t really like Pitt, for real.”

It isn’t the first time that Bishop has talked about Pitt since he arrived as a sixth-year senior ahead of the 2023 season.

He recorded seven tackles (five solo) in the 17-6 win over the Panthers last season, but it’s an interception that lingered in his mind following the win.

Phil Jurkovec dropped back late in the third quarter for his first pass attempt of the second half, with Pitt trailing 14-6, and made a horrible decision. Bub Means was open deep down the sideline, and Konata Mumpfield was in double coverage nearer. The pass ended up in the waiting arms of Bishop.

“We knew he wasn’t too good at his job,” Bishop said post-game.

It was one of three interceptions for the West Virginia defense, a unit that limited Pitt to 211 yards — 81 passing yards.

The 2024 Backyard Brawl will kick off at Acrisure Stadium on Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast the matchup, with further information coming at a later date. Much to the chagrin of WVU and Bishop, the Steelers defensive back won’t be able to play for the Mountaineers and try to beat Pitt again this year.

Below are some images of Bishop against Pitt from 2023.

WVU Football Defense Jared Bartlett and Beanie Bishop

WVU Football Beanie Bishop Jr.

WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Defense Beanie Bishop

WVU Football’s defense with the gang tackle to keep the Panthers from scoring a touchdown. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Hershey McLaurin and Beanie Bishop

WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Beanie Bishop Jr.

WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Beanie Bishop and Aubrey Burks

WVU Football DB Beanie Bishop against Pitt

WV CB Beanie Bishop runs back an interception versus the Panthers Saturday, Sept. 16. 2023. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

WVU Football Beanie Bishop Jr. and Aubrey Burks

Beanie Bishop Jr. wears the coal miners helmet after his first interception over the Pitt Panthers. WVSN photo/Kelsie LeRose

Follow WV Sports Now for more of our coverage of Beanie Bishop throughout his NFL journey with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Part of this story initially appeared on our partner site Pittsburgh Sports Now.

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