American Football Database
Elijah Pitts
No. 22     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1938-02-03)February 3, 1938
Place of birth: Mayflower, Arkansas
Date of death: July 10, 1998(1998-07-10) (aged 60)
Place of death: Buffalo, New York
Career information
College: Philander Smith
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 13 / Pick: 180
Debuted in 1961 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1971 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Rushing attempts     514
Rushing yards     1,788
Receptions     104
Receiving yards     1,245
Touchdowns     35
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Elijah Eugene Pitts (February 3, 1938 – July 10, 1998) was an American football halfback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, the Los Angeles Rams, and the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Pitts scored two touchdowns in the original Super Bowl. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1979.

After his playing career ended, Pitts was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Rams, the Houston Oilers, and the Buffalo Bills, coaching in all four of the Bills' Super Bowl appearances in the early 90s. Pitts occasionally substituted as head coach for Marv Levy in the mid-1990s.

In October 1997, while still the Bills' assistant head coach, Pitts was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which claimed his life nine months later at the age of 60.

Pitts' son Ron Pitts is currently a sportscaster for the Fox television network.

See also

  • Elijah Pitts Award

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