Will Dennis Pitta Go in the Ring of Honor?
Dennis Pitta is “not delusional” about his future. As my colleague, John Eisenberg, wrote, Pitta sounded like he knows he is done playing football.
If it is indeed the end after a third hip dislocation, fracture and surgery, the question is how Pitta will be remembered in Ravens history.
The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck set the bar high, writing that the next time any fan should want to see Pitta is “when the Ravens induct him into the team’s Ring of Honor.”
“Of course, that isn’t a slam dunk,” Schmuck wrote. “Pitta spent seven seasons with the Ravens, but the repeated hip injuries limited him to less than half that time as
“But there’s a lot about his story that makes the big Ring at M&T Bank Stadium seem appropriate.”
Schmuck first makes the on-field case.
Pitta was instrumental in the Ravens’ 2012 Super Bowl season, catching 61 passes for 669 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns. He was clutch in the playoff run, hauling in 14 passes for 163 yards and three scores, including a second-quarter touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII.
Last year, after two hip surgeries and “against all the odds,” Pitta played in all 16 games and led all NFL tight ends with 86 receptions. He also posted a career-high 729 receiving yards.
However, Pitta only played six seasons for the Ravens and caught a total of 224 passes for 2,098 yards and 13 scores.
As Schmuck wrote, Pitta could have been projected to post stats similar to those of good friend Todd Heap, who went into the Ring of Honor in 2014, but didn’t get the chance.
click here to read the rest of this story