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Elijah Pitts
Personal Information
Jersey #(s)
Born February 3, 1938 in Mayflower, Arkansas, U.S.
Died July 10, 1998(1998-07-10) (aged 60) in Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Career information
Year(s) 19611971
NFL Draft 1961 / Round: 13 / Pick: 180
College Philander Smith
Professional teams
* Green Bay Packers (1961–1969)
Career stats
Rushing attempts-yards 514–1788
Receptions–yards 104–1245
Touchdowns 35 TDs
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • Green Bay Packers HOF

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.

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