Former Buckeye and New Orleans Saints running back running back Antonio Pittman is trading the pads and helmet of the gridiron for a fire hose and a…different helmet in his new career, according to ABC6.
Having recently graduated from the Columbus Fire Academy, Pittman is now on his first week on the job at fire station 12 on the city’s west side.
A native of Akron, Pittman played for Ohio State from 2004 to 2006, and was part of the number 1 ranked team that defeated number 2 Michigan 42-39 in the “Game of the Century.”
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Pittman was then drafted by the New Orleans Saints, but was forced to retire from the NFL following a persistent knee injury.
“My goal was just to play football and honestly, I did that. And the dream was to have a ten-year career and to retire at 32 years old and be off in the sunset and just living comfortably. But you know, plans change and in life, you have to adapt to the change,” Pittman told ABC6.
“My goal was to one day give back to a community, a city that’s given me so much. A city that changed my whole outlook on life as a kid growing up in Akron.”