Former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta 'not delusional' about career-threatening hip injury

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  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    June 17, 2017 9:05 p.m.

    Time to hang it up, I think. Even if he wanted to come back, and he most certainly does, no team would take him now. I hope he focuses on what he DID accomplish on the football field (which is rather significant) rather than on anything he did not.

    He's an awesome man with an awesome future ahead of him.

    Dive into it, Dennis!!!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    June 17, 2017 7:28 a.m.

    No "josh", this "people" doesn't think that. Neither do most other people think that, I am quite sure.

    The comment by Terrell Suggs that this happens to "all" is obviously inaccurate.

    😁

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    June 16, 2017 10:12 p.m.

    Do you people really think that they'll all stop playing football from this?

    Sure, it chews your body up and spits it out - and they've dreamed of it since they were 3 years old and thousands of kids want to be just like them.

    My former business partner in the NFL had 18 surgeries in 9 seasons, it's rough, he certainly didn't regret it, very few do and if they do a thousand others would take their place.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 16, 2017 6:00 p.m.

    I truly sense a bit of relief coming from chronically injured football players when the time comes to call it quits. If they have avoided concussions and minor concussive incidents--or numerous knee injuries, they just might possible enter a new stage in their lives with their financial future looking a lot better and with a real chance to be able to play catch with their kids (and even remember their names). I've seen this even on the high school level. Not being able to play football anymore might be the best thing that ever happened to you. Good luck to Dennis who should be proud of such a strong career.

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    June 16, 2017 3:41 p.m.

    How many other NFL players have to retire because of similar injuries? it seems the league chews them up and spits them out. Both Pitta and Collie were exceptional athletes who if they had played soccer instead of football would have been good middle, left, or right backs. They both had the size and athletic ability to play in the MLS or one of the top European Leagues. If I had a son who was in elementary or Jr high, I would encourage him to play soccer instead of football.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 16, 2017 11:47 a.m.

    it seems like the average NFL career is getting shorter and shorter due to the violent nature of the game and the athletes who are so much bigger and faster now. Receivers and running backs whom get hit alot at full speed are the ones taking the brunt of it. From concussions to joint injuries it seems like 5 years is about the average career for these positions.

    NFL == Not For Long

    The sad thing is alot of these players like Pitta will be living the rest of their lives with these injuries and will most likely face things like knee and hip replacement at an early age. If you are an NFL player you best save your money because you will need it. Austin Collie is another example.