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Published: Friday, Feb. 28 2014 3:15 p.m. MST

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Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Did Pitta come from a power conference? Oh, wait.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Tom in CA

Nope. He came from an independent mid-major. But he's still a heck of a ballplayer.

But rather than use a sample size of 1, let's count all the NFL players from independent mid-majors and all the ones from power conferences and see how that turns out for you. Pitta is a great player, always has been, but he is the exception, not the rule.

golfrUte
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Congratulations to Pitta. I spend a lot of time in Baltimore and have seen the great guy Pitta is off the field not to mention his skill on the field. Great move by the Ravens and well deserved by Pitta.

@ Tom in CA

You don't want to compare the quantity and quality of former Utes vs former Cougs in the NFL these days. It's not even close. I don't think this article is about conferences, it's about Pitta. Feeling a bit defensive after years of scoreboard?

Go Utes !!

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Way to go Pitta, always good to see a local hit it big!

Indy
St George, Utah

golfrUte,

Your right, there is not comparing the quantity. But as far as the quality goes....

Both Austin Collie and Dennis Pitta were starters and made important contributions on Superbowl winning teams. Ezekial Ansah was the 5th overall pick in last years draft and had a great rookie season. Brett Kiesel has also enjoyed a lot of success in Pittsburgh with 2 superbowls and was a 2010 All-Pro selection.

There are currently no active former Utes (that I know of) that have played in or won Super Bowls recently. And the last Ute to be picked in the top 5 was in the 2005 draft.
So I am not sure why you think that Utah has better quality in the NFL "these days."

golfrUte
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@ Indy

Your list includes some very solid players.

Here are a few more: Kruger started for the Ravens on their recent Super Bowl team along with Pitta and played a huge role in the playoffs, Chris Komeatu started along with Kiesel for the Steelers and Stevenson Sylvester was the backup middle linebacker. Eric Weddle (multi year Pro Bowler) and Alex Smith went to Pro Bowl this year, Zane Beadles (Super Bowl) is the starting guard on the Broncos, Jordan Gross just retired from his multi year Pro Bowl career, Steve Smith (multiple Pro Bowls) is still one of the best receivers in the league. Sean Smith landed a big contract with the Chiefs. Star Lotulelei was drafted 14th after missing the combine due to a virus but had a very solid rookiie season. The Dolphins had 3 Utes starting on their defense this season. Last count I saw was 25 Utes and 9 Cougs in the league.

Quality and quantity coming from the U.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

Re: Indy

Ever heard of Paul Kruger?
Paul Kruger won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in Feb 2013, then last year he signed a $40 million (5 year deal) with Cleveland.

Utah had 3 NFL pro bowlers this year, how many did BYU have?

Mark321
Las Vegas, NV

Dennis is a stud!

Riley Mendenhall
Provo, UT

Indy - Collie played in the Superbowl in the 2009 season, since then here are Utes that have been there:

Zane Beadles (2013 Den)
Ma'ake Kemoeatu (2012 Bal)
Paul Kruger (2012 Bal)
David Reed (2012 Bal)
Alex Smith (2012 SF)
Chris Kemoeatu (2010 Pit)
Stevenson Sylvester (2010 Pit)

Of all players in the NFL in 2013 season:
Utah 25 (11 Offense, 14 defense)
BYU 9 ( 4 offense, 5 defense)

Utah had 3 this year pro bowlers (Jordan Gross, Alex Smith, Eric Weddle), BYU had 0.

Looks like Utah is way better both at quantity and quality.

Coog Fan in Spokane
Spokane, WA

Awesome! Looking forward to some great football in the future from Mr. Pitta. He's fun to watch, and was really missed this last season.

I hate to see the posturing back and forth between Coug fans and Ute fans about alumni in the NFL - kinda bush league, really. Reminds me of my boneheaded teenage kids.

I for one root hard for guys like Alex Smith and Eric Weddle, among others - two great guys and great players who represent themselves and their alma mater extremely well. Pro football is a tough sport and a tough environment, and our kids need these kinds of role models wherever we can find them - whether Ute, Cougar, Aggie or something else.

Scores
Idaho Falls, ID

Good for all those U players making it in the NFL. Good for those BYU players too. It seems what goes around, comes around. I remember years ago when BYU have a lot of players in the NFL and U had none. Doesn't matter. U have done well in recent years. I'm sure the Y will do well in years to come. And by the way, what does independent mid major have to do with anything. Since U went to the 10+2 does that mean U are better than where you came from? Check your record and tell me. The Y loves independence and it's working for them, and yes they are reaping big pay days because of it. Works for Notre Dame too. And I hope your league is good for U too. At least you'll make a lot of money, and maybe the wins will come at sometime in the future...maybe.

MWCandUtahFan
Salt Lake City, UT

Well done Dennis Pitta! Great to see an RM continue to succeed. It is a baseball crazy nation but the members in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, in particular love to get updates on your career and I am glad that career is going strong!

BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK

$32 MILLION for five years?

That's freaking awesome! Nice job, Dennis!

Where, oh, where is 'Chris B.' to tell us just how inferior BYU players are?.....

Go Cougars!

BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK

@ Brave Sir Robin - San Diego, CA - @Tom in CA "Nope. He came from an independent mid-major. But he's still a heck of a ballplayer. But rather than use a sample size of 1, let's count all the NFL players from independent mid-majors and all the ones from power conferences and see how that turns out for you. Pitta is a great player, always has been, but he is the exception, not the rule."

Brave - I think 'Tom in CA' might have said that with sarcasm. Meaning he wasn't dogging Pitta because he wasn't from a power conference but rather praising him because he's been enormously succesful even though he did NOT come from a major conference.

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