Michael Pittman

Michael Pittman
No. 32, 31, 28
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-08-14) August 14, 1975
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College: Fresno State
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 4 / Pick: 135
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 5,627
Rushing average: 4.0
Rushing TDs: 25
Player stats at NFL.com

Michael Pittman (born August 14, 1975) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State.

Pittman also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos in the National Football League, and the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. He earned 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 Pittman.

College career

Pittman is an alumnus of Fresno State University. He rushed for 3,017 yards during his career at Fresno State. A two time All-WAC First-team selection, Pittman is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He was teammates with QB Billy Volek and QB David Carr.

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

Pittman was selected in the 4th round of the 1998 NFL Draft (95th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

His career high for rushing yards in a season was 926 in 2004 and his career high for receiving yards was 597 in 2002. 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 of the Oakland Raiders.

On November 7, 2004, Pittman scored on a 78-yard touchdown run against the Kansas City Chiefs, the longest run in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history.

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".[1]

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.

Pittman became a free agent following the 2007 season.

Denver Broncos

On May 27, 2008, Pittman was signed by the Denver Broncos and was wanted to change positions to fullback but stayed 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.


  1. St. Petersburg Times; September 11, 2005 edition; Page 17X
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Adrian Murrell
Arizona Cardinals Starting Running backs
Succeeded by
Marcel Shipp
Thomas Jones
Preceded by
Warrick Dunn
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Starting Running backs
Succeeded by
Carnell "Cadillac" Williams
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