Puget Sound Jets - Tight
End/Defensive End/Long Snapper
NFL: Houston Texans
Falcons/Houston Texans (2009)
Bryan Pittman lived his NFL dream.
Playing in the league for six seasons with the Houston
Texans was good enough for the former walk-on snapper at the
University of Washington. But signing with the Seattle
Seahawks was an over-the-top moment for
someone who also played at Thomas Jefferson High School and
Walla Walla Community College.
“I think it’s every player’s dream to go back and to play
for their hometown team,” Pittman said Thursday after the
final practice in the Seahawks’ latest series of OTA
sessions. “I’m just excited about the chance to have that
Just like his younger brother, Bryan Pittman had to endure
and persevere to reach his goal. He left Washington after
only one season because he was not offered a scholarship,
and spent the next five years working odd jobs and playing
semi-pro football for the Puget Sound Jets.
“I definitely took the long detour,” Pittman said. “But I
continued to work hard, I believed in myself and I knew I
could do it. It just took me a while to get that first
Pittman got his foot in the NFL door by signing with the
Cleveland Browns in 2003, but they released him (twice)
before he caught on with the Texans later that year. He had
a streak of 598 successful snaps broken in 2007, and
remembers the one that got away as if it had happened
“I had one sail high,” he said. “First time in my career. It
was different. I was just dumbfounded. The toughest thing
was to get in there that next play and start over.”
Pittman worked out for the Seahawks in March 2009, shortly
after becoming an unrestricted free agent. But it took 2½
months to finally get a deal done.
“They wanted to make sure they got a chance to see what else
was out there,” Pittman said. “Ultimately, they decided to
bring me back and give me a shot.”
After being released by the Seahawks,
Pittman returned to the Houston Texans in December of 2009
after playing four games with the Atlanta Falcons.
Both times he was replacing injured starters.
Pittman (center) with his Puget Sound
Jets teammates after winning National Title game
NWFL 2001 Honorable Mention All-League
NWFL 2000 Honorable Mention All-League