President George W. Bush shakes hands with Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running back Michael Pittman during a visit to the NFL team's training facility in Tampa, Florida, Sept. 21, 2006. White House photo by Paul Morse
Written by Gabriel Dillard
Former Fresno State and NFL standout running back Michael Pittman has asked that his induction into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame be “respectfully withdrawn for personal reasons.”
“We respect the right of Michael and his family to privacy and wish them nothing but success,” said Hall of Fame President Gordie Webster Jr., who is also the publisher of The Business Journal. “In keeping with that, we will have no further comment.”
Pittman, who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003, similarly bowed out of induction into the Fresno State Hall of Fame four years ago, reportedly over a series of domestic violence arrests during his career, according to fansided.com, citing information from The Fresno Bee.
The 61st annual Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame enshrinement dinner is Nov. 7 at the Fresno Convention Center’s Valdez hall.
Super Bowl winning safety Matt Giordano headline this year’s inductees. He is joined by softball standout Andrea Duran, a two-time national champion at UCLA and an Olympic silver medalist; and Adrian Williams-Strong, who starred at Clovis West High School before becoming a Women’s National Basketball Association All-Star.
The team inductees are the 1967 Fresno Volleyball Club that won the National Volleyball Association Championship and the 1960 Roosevelt High American Legion team that claimed the California state championship.