It's been one tough, long road for now former Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta after suffering his third hip dislocation in the last several years. He has worked extremely hard and showed heart to get back on the field from his first two injuries and help contribute to the team in anyway possible. However, after the injury that occurred in OTA's a week ago ended his season and tenure as a Raven, the expectation is that he will officially announce his retirement.
Pitta stepped up to the podium after mini-camp practice for the first time as a former Raven, and while he didn't call it a career, he is very aware of the circumstances of this situation. Below is some of the highlights of what Pitta said today during his press conference from Owings Mills via The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.
Former TE Dennis Pitta says that he dislocated and fractured his hip. Didn't announce his retirement but said that "I'm not delusional."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) June 15, 2017
Dennis Pitta: "the organization has been tremendous. I'm just extremely grateful." pic.twitter.com/YJcL9Gd9r2— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) June 15, 2017
Pitta was asked a couple of times if he does regret coming back from these hip injuries, and despite the fact that this could spell the end of his career, Pitta has no regrets. Who could blame him? You can't blame a guy like Pitta for having the drive and determination to come back from these serious career threatening injuries to play the game he loves. He also said that he had surgery a week ago and he is focused on rehab.
You have to believe Pitta will take his time before officially announcing a decision on his future. For his family, health, and well-being, it’s probably best for Pitta to hang up his cleats for good. Listening to his words today, it sounds like deep down, he knows it.