Buccaneers, draft, COVID-19
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As the sports world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman and his family are dealing with the nightmare scenario that so many around the world fear.

A close family member of Pittman contracted the coronavirus and has been hospitalized since March 5, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. Pittman’s family member is now in a coma and is in critical condition, with the family asking for prayers through this difficult time.

Pittman played with the Buccaneers from 2002-’07, winning a Super Bowl ring with the organization in 2003. Michael Pittman’s son is Michael Jr, who starred at receiver for the USC Trojans and is expected to be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Pittman’s family sought to spread their difficult story to increase awareness for the dangers of the coronavirus.

We offer our wishes of health and positive thoughts to Pittman’s family during this time.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick