Eight weekend sports stories you may have missed

Published: Monday, Feb. 4 2013 9:38 a.m. MST

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Editor's note: Dennis Pitta's story is a familiar one to BYU fans: he arrived in Provo as a walk-on and left a star. In the NFL, he's had to fight to playing time, and on Sunday, Pitta played in his first Super Bowl. This unique experience gave Pitta's father a chance to reflect on his son's gridiron accomplishments.

Dennis Pitta Sr. once thought his namesake, son Dennis Pitta, wasn’t big enough to have a serious career beyond high school football.

He’d seen his son play soccer, play little league football and basketball and could see that he inherited some athleticism. But in high school, as a receiver and punt returner, before his son’s senior year at Moorpark High, the father just didn’t envision his son growing big enough to make an impact in college — let alone the NFL.

But today, Dennis Pitta will sit before his TV with his wife Linda in their Highland home and proudly witness their son play a critical role as a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, who face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

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Up next: Kyle Whittingham and Utah football looked to take advantage of the Utes' super bowl exposure.

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