Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta played in football’s biggest game Feb. 3. In his third season, the 27-year-old Eagle Scout has emerged as one of the Ravens’ best offensive threats, racking up 61 receptions, 669 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
But he saved the best for last, scoring a touchdown in his first-ever Super Bowl. Pitta took a moment out of his busy Super Bowl schedule to answer a couple of questions for Boys’ Life:
BL: How has being an Eagle Scout influenced you?
D.P.: From an early age, it teaches you a lot. It teaches you about discipline, it teaches you about hard work and being independent and you learn a lot of like skills in that program. It’s helped me throughout my whole career.
BL: What does it mean to you to play in the Super Bowl?
D.P.: It means everything. This is what you aspire to when you become a professional football player. This is the pinnacle of your career as a player, and everything you do throughout the year is to work to get to this point. So, this really means everything to be playing in this game.
Fast Facts: Dennis Pitta
- He’s 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds
- He attended Brigham Young University, playing football as a walk on.
- He is the all-time receptions leader for BYU with 221.
- He was a fourth-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
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