NFL news: Former RB Michael Pittman's uncle passes away due to coronavirus
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Former RB Michael Pittman’s uncle passes away due to coronavirus

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The uncle of former NFL running back Michael Pittman has passed away due to coronavirus, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.

Sherman Pittman was 61 years old at the time of his death. He had been in the hospital for three weeks before his passing.

Michael played in 11 seasons in the NFL. The Fresno State product began his career with the Arizona Cardinals in 1998 after being drafted in the fourth round.

Pittman spent his first four seasons with the Cardinals, but it took him some time to actually begin to develop. He rushed for just 91 yards during his rookie campaign and 289 yards in 1999 before totaling 719 yards and four touchdowns in his third year. He also hauled in 73 receptions for 579 yards and a couple of scores that season.

In his final season with Arizona, Pittman registered 846 yards while reaching the end zone five times on the ground.

Then, the New Orleans native joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he would proceed to spend his next six seasons.

It didn’t take long for Pittman to experience success in his new digs, as he helped the Buccaneers win a Super Bowl title in his first year with the club.

His best season in Tampa Bay came in 2004, when he racked up 926 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He added 41 catches for 391 yards and three scores.

After 2004, Pittman was relegated to a backup role, and he failed to even hit the 500-yard mark in any of his final three years with the Bucs before linking up with the Denver Broncos for his last NFL season in 2008.

The sad news is just the latest during this coronavirus pandemic. The virus continues to spread in the United States. It has affected over 116,00 people and killed nearly 2,000.