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Ernie Pitts

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Place of death  Denver, Colorado
Role  American football player
Drafted by  San Francisco 49ers
Name  Ernie Pitts
Education  University of Denver
Position(s)  WR/DB
Weight  87 kg
CFL status  National
Height  1.88 m

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Date of birth  (1935-03-08)March 8, 1935
Place of birth  Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Date of death  September 24, 1970(1970-09-24) (aged 35)
Died  September 24, 1970, Denver, Colorado, United States
NFL draft  1957 (Round: 8 / Pick: 92)

Ernie Pitts (March 8, 1935 – September 24, 1970) was a Canadian Football League wide receiver and defensive back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the BC Lions in a 14-year career in the CFL from 1957 to 1970. He won four Grey Cups with Winnipeg.

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College

Ernie Pitts played college football at Denver University.

Winnipeg

Ernie Pitts was a standout wide receiver who also played defensive back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1957 to 1969. For all those years except the last two, Ken Ploen was his quarterback . Together, along with Jim Van Pelt [1958-59], Pitts and Ploen were major factors in Winnipeg's six Grey Cup appearances (1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1965), including four victories: 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 and two losses: 1957, 1965. His highest totals in caught passes was 68 in 1959 and 62 in 1962. In 1959, he scored 16 touchdowns. He once caught 5 touchdown passes in one game and scored on a 107-yard touchdown pass play. Evidence of his prowess on defense included 7 interceptions in 1968 and 5 more in 1969.

BC

Pitts ended his career with the BC Lions in 1970.

Sudden death

Pitts died after he was shot by his estranged wife in a domestic dispute in Denver Colorado.

References

Ernie Pitts Wikipedia


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