Former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta has earned the praise, confidence of Baltimore Ravens teammates (+video)

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  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    Whoa! Not all of us Ute fans are the devil! Although I am rabid in my love of all things Ute, and want the Y to lose always of course, I still respect the talent of many of their current and former players. I don't like comparing this and that about U and Y players. Jimmy Mac and Steve Young, although disdained while at the Y, were a couple of my favorite pro QB's. Hard to deny what they did! Really didn't like (strongly) Collie, however, he was very gritty and although he must have a soft head or something, has been very good for Indy (when he plays). Pitta plays very tough, I can't believe he was a walk on. Wasn't Lewis a walk on too? I follow the Ravens a little to watch Kruger eat QB's and have said many times that Pitta is one tough dude!

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    Great story about a great young man. Thanks DN. Too bad the ute whine merchants didn't like it.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Jan. 31, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    @ Y Grad/Y DAD and LL, Ha!ha! You guys have just put a big smile on my face! Your comments about Pita as one of "... the choir boys with few stars" who has become "Football Houdini" and the "poster boy for BYU athletes" in the NFL is just priceless! I thought your comments were brilliant!

    Go Cougars! And may the best team win! I love both the Niners and the Ravens. Both Pitta and Smith are great players and representatives of their schools in the NFL and we fans should be proud of that.

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Jan. 31, 2013 4:43 a.m.

    Dennis Pitta is Football Houdini , a guy that you know is getting the ball, running patterns accross the busy 10-15 yrs out, middle part of the field, and everyone knows the ball is coming to him, yet somehow he makes the catch and keeps it. In the AFC championship game, he gets laid out like a dead man after a 5 yrd gain, in a hit that will make the NFL season in review. Magically he held onto the ball to everyone's suprise. The second act was on the next play, he's in his home territory the middle of the field, catching a TD pass to put the Ravens in the lead. The hit kept him out of practice for three days, he shouldn't have been able to take another hit after bruising several ribs yet he played another half. Don't count him out

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Jan. 30, 2013 10:43 p.m.

    Serious??? You're sure? Pitta, no stars, walk on, only becomes one of the best recievers in BYU history? Given little respect and no chance in the NFL? That Dennis Pitta?

    I gotta quit reading (some) Ute fan comments...

    Okay, sorry, got carried away. Just ironic that the debate about recruiting choir boys with few stars is still warm and there he is - the poster boy for BYU athletes.

    Bet he never ran over to the other side to trash talk an opponent either. Call me weird, but I LIKE as many athletes like him playing for BYU as we can get.

  • TrollPolice Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 10:05 p.m.

    As a public service, maybe the D-News could provide a link from BYU articles to Utah articles like "Former Utah defenders make big impact for Baltimore Ravens" so Utah fans like JayTee and Chrissy won't have so much trouble finding them.

    What's really happening is our Utah friends are still sore that the Utes were so focused on Max Hall's favorite receiver, Pitta, in that overtime loss to BYU, that they forgot all about George.

  • Geno Lehi, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    walk on, no stars

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 6:51 p.m.

    Go Pitta from college Walk-on to Super-Bowl Tight End. Sweet.

  • E4Evry1 Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    No question, Deseret News get twice the readership from a BYU article over a Utah article. Not only do they get the BYU fans, but also the Utah fans. It's good business. Deseret News knows exactly what they are doing. Same story over at the SLTrib.

  • mjkkjk Provo, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Search on Google for "Deseret News Alex Smith" and you get 111,000 results. Is that good enough for you Utes? You guys keep telling us that we're the whiners, but...

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 30, 2013 1:28 a.m.

    Pitta keeps on keepin' on. His success is grinding it out with hard work. He is having a solid career thus far in the NFL. And he still might have some peaking left to do.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    Jan. 30, 2013 12:12 a.m.

    There was a stretch during the 80s when the team that had the most BYU grads won the Super Bowl. I think every 49er team that won the Super Bowl met that criteria. Unfortunately, the only BYU grad in this game, that I know of, is Dennis Pitta. As a Niner fan I am getting a bad feeling about this game!

    Maybe the returned missionary D-lineman from Oregon on the 49ers, whose name I remember but cannot spell, can offset the Pitta/BYU influence.

    May the team that plays the best win.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:01 p.m.

    How many stars was Pitta?

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    I am a big Cougars and 49ers fan and Pitta will make great plays during the Super Bowl. Have fun and good luck which I will root for you except the Ravens.

  • hamaca Baton Rouge, LA
    Jan. 29, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    The DesNews caters to the demands of its readership, such as JayTee and Chris B. Those two are examples of folks who prefer to read and comment on BYU articles. Seems the irony is lost on them.

    If they got out more and saw more of the world, they'd understand the same thing happens in all media markets. Take Baton Rouge, for example. Here they write about LSU more than any other school. Yes they occasionally comment on Southern, Tulane, and a few others, but its mostly LSU and mostly about the players they think people might be interested in reading about.

    Being too balanced is a sure way to go out of business. Good thing certain aforementioned folks aren't in the media business!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 29, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    Good luck Pitta!! Or should I say the Big Smooth!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 29, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    @JayTee - "Should we just call this the BYU paper? The school doesn't really don't need a campus newspaper, because the Deseret News is doing it all for them. BYU, BYU, BYU."

    The next thing JayTee will be wondering is why the Rocky Mountain News has more articles about the Buffs than the Utes.

    Media Lesson 101: You publish material that draws the most eyeballs. That's why ESPN was excited to pick up BYU. It's not because ESPN is owned by the church. It's because BYU draws a bigger crowd than anything else they could put on the tube during these time slots.

    If DNews thought more readers would read info about the U, it would be here.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Jan. 29, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    Unlike Tom Holmoe, I hope that Pitta catches 3 TD passes AND that the Ravens win the game.

  • hmataele West Valley City, 00
    Jan. 29, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    There's a great article in the paper about A. Smith asking for a release. After all this was his best football. It just took it eight years to get there.

  • SoCalTrueBlue2 San Diego, CA
    Jan. 29, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    Wish Andrew George could have played in the years after Pitta rather than playing at the same time. Still waiting for the next great BYU tight end. Where are you? We need you.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    My main man Dennis! I knew he would be successful in the NFL and in life. Not only is he a great football player but he's a great person. Go Dennis!!!

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Future Hall of Famer

  • Irrelevant Provo, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:12 p.m.


    "Should we just call this the BYU paper? The school doesn't really don't need a campus newspaper, because the Deseret News is doing it all for them. BYU, BYU, BYU."

    JayTee if you haven't learned by now The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints own Dnews as well as BYU. Don't you think it makes sense the church's paper would favor its writing towards its own school?

    I find it funny how people get fed up with the dnews and there favoritism of schools. What you have all failed to realize is no one is forcing you to read these articles.

  • Geno Lehi, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Haha, like always Ute fans on here complaining about something BYU related.

    TIP: Read the headline and notice that it is about BYU and skip it. Simple solution to all (ok a lot) of your life's problems.

  • Fibonacci Centerville, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    Jay tee and Chris - They just had a real nice article about Alex Smith, and several feature articles about U of U basketball - but I don't recall seeing you post on those. I the D news didn't post anything about BYU sports what would you do with all your new-found spare time?

  • Dan R* Orem, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:56 a.m.


    No one forces you to read the DesNews. Stick with the Trib then, bro.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    My goodness Ute fellows.... whaaaaa. Someone call the Whaaaambulance. Give it a rest. The paper writes for its readers. There are simply more people interested in BYU related stories than about other Ravens. Smart.

  • E & EE Ann arbor, MI
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    I've seen plenty of articles about former Ute Alex Smith in the Deseret News so I'm not sure what Chris B and JayTee are complaining about.

    That said, I do think that BYU fans form a larger portion of the readers and so it's natural for the paper to cater to that.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:33 a.m.


    1: "Big Smooth". LOVE it!

    2: Article quote: "(Dennis Pitta) was drafted in the fourth round in 2010 — one round after the Ravens took tight end Ed Dickson — but has overtaken him in the passing game." Yep, just like we always knew Pitta would.

    3: Methinks the one poster above hates BYU because he has a problem with the religion which sponsors BYU.

    Go Cougars and go Pitta!!

  • C.J. Greeley, CO
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Pitta is the Man!!!!! That's why he is article worthy, not to mention it's Super Bowl Week.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    We've already had articles about Pitta.

    Why not write about all of the other players Bronco recruited and put in the NFL?

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Should we just call this the BYU paper? The school doesn't really don't need a campus newspaper, because the Deseret News is doing it all for them. BYU, BYU, BYU.