Vonzell "Big V" Pittman

...From Whence He Came

Date of Birth        April 11th, 1985
Place of Birth      Tarboro, NC

High School:
Vonzell was the big man on campus at Tarboro High School while starring at football. No one doubted his abilities, proved by the fact that he was named All Area by the Rocky Mount Telegram and First Team All Eastern Plains Conference as a senior. He backed up those accolades by putting up 21 receptions for over 700 yards. College recruiters drooled over his athleticism and were not shy about ringing his number.

College:
Vonzell chose to enroll at Gardner-Webb University after a long decision making process involving his family, academics and finding the perfect atmosphere for him to grow as a person and develop as a player. Certainly the religious affiliation weighed positively on his decision.
He made an immediate impact his freshman season as he logged playing time in 7 games and collected special teams tackles in 3 of those. He also gave the world a taste of his abilities as a receiver with a 14 yard reception setting up a touchdown for the Bulldogs.
His sophomore season he caught 36 passes for over 400 yards and was named Second Team All Big South Conference. He also showed his explosiveness from the backfield when the Bulldogs needed him, busting a 15 yard rush to move the chains.
He busted a game changing reception his junior season going for 41 yards and setting up a Gardner-Webb touchdown. 
After red shirting in 2006, Vonzell returned to the field much quicker, stronger, faster and more determined in 2007. He was Pre Season Second Team All Big South according to Phil Steele's Football Preview Magazine.

Professional:
He attended Rookie Camp with the New England Patriots in 2008 as well as individual workouts for the Pittsburgh Steelers later in the same year. Vonzell spent the 2009 season as the jack linebacker for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League 2. He recorded 22 solo tackles and 14 assisted tackles, a tackle in the backfield for a loss, broke up a pass and topped it off with a 50 yard fumble recovery for a touch down in his first professional season in a total of 5 games. He went on to record 8 solo tackles and 4 assisted tackles in the playoffs for Iowa. The 2010 season was a quiet one as he searched for better opportunities but he did showcase his skills for the Canadian Football League scouts. 

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