Michael Pittman
No. 28, 32
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1975-08-14) August 14, 1975 (age 48)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Mira Mesa (San Diego, California)
College:Fresno State
NFL draft:1998 / Round: 4 / Pick: 95
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:1,392
Rushing yards:5,627
Rushing touchdowns:25
Receiving yards:3,512
Receiving touchdowns:8
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Michael K. Pittman Sr. (born August 14, 1975) is an American former professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Fresno State Bulldogs. He was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He is the father of Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr.

Pittman also played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, and the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL). He won a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Early years

Pittman attended Mira Mesa Senior High School San Diego, California, and graduated in 1993. He was a first-team All-Eastern League honoree. He played with older brother Wayne.

College career

Pittman is an alumnus of Fresno State. He rushed for 3,017 yards during his career at Fresno State. He was named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Pacific Division in 1996,[1] and first-team All-WAC Pacific Division in 1997.[2] Pittman is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He was teammates with QB Billy Volek.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11+12 in
(1.82 m)
214 lb
(97 kg)
29+78 in
(0.76 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.50 s 1.53 s 2.62 s 4.37 s 7.54 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Arizona Cardinals

Pittman received two years of probation for pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery in January 1998,[4] and the Tucson Citizen reported that his draft stock fell due to the domestic violence incident. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft (95th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals.[5][6]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pittman's career high for rushing yards in a season was 926 in 2004 and his career high for receiving yards was 597, with 75 catches, in 2003. The highest combination in one year was 2003 when he had a total of 1,348 yards (751 rushing and 597 receiving).

On January 26, 2003, Pittman played in Super Bowl XXXVII and rushed for 124 yards on 29 carries in Tampa Bay's 48–21 victory over the Oakland Raiders.[7]

Pittman was suspended for the first three games of the 2004 NFL season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. He was sentenced to 14 days in prison for intentionally driving his car into a car containing his wife and child. On November 7, 2004, Pittman scored on a 78-yard touchdown run against the Kansas City Chiefs, formerly the longest run in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history.[8]

On March 22, 2005, Pittman launched his official website, Pittman32.com, which has since gone offline. On September 11, 2005, the website was praised by Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times as "the team's best player site".[9]

On January 7, 2006, during a Wild Card playoff game between the Buccaneers and Washington Redskins, Pittman was involved in an altercation with Redskins' safety Sean Taylor, who allegedly spat on him following a play. Pittman responded with a blow to Taylor's helmet. Taylor was ejected from the game that the Redskins won 17–10.[10]

Pittman became a free agent following the 2007 season.[11]

Denver Broncos

On May 27, 2008, Pittman was signed by the Denver Broncos and had wanted to change positions to fullback but stayed at running back. Cornerback Dré Bly was already wearing No. 32, so Pittman was assigned No. 28 as his jersey number. His official website was renamed Pittman28.com to reflect the change. The website has since gone offline, with Pittman no longer playing in the NFL.

Pittman was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury. In eight games (three starts) during the 2008 season, Pittman rushed 76 times for 320 yards and four touchdowns.

Florida Tuskers

On August 12, 2009, Pittman signed with the Florida Tuskers.

Personal life

Pittman's eldest son, Michael Jr., plays wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. His younger son, Mycah, plays wide receiver for Utah.


  1. ^ "Edwards, Tiller Share WAC Honor". Deseret.com. November 27, 1996. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "6 Utes, 2 Cougs on All-WAC Mountain team". Deseret.com. November 27, 1997. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "Michael Pittman, Combine Results, RB - Fresno State (CA)". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
  4. ^ "Football playoff not on the NCAA agenda". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. January 11, 1998. Retrieved May 7, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Walsh, Chris (April 20, 1998). "Cardinals have high hopes for Wadsworth". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved May 7, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "1998 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  7. ^ Jones, Brent and Jamison Hensley (January 27, 2003). "Making presence known, Pittman gives timely gift". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 7, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Henderson, Joe (November 8, 2004). "Leaving It On The Field". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved May 7, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ St. Petersburg Times; September 11, 2005, edition; Page 17X
  10. ^ "Skins' Taylor ejected for spitting in Pittman's face". The Palm Beach Post. January 8, 2006. Retrieved May 7, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Cummings, Roy and Anwar S. Richardson (February 29, 2008). "Bucs Might Need Patience To Sign Top Free Agents". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved May 7, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.