Gage Pitt Overcomes Early Tragedy

Before Gage Pitt was scoring touchdowns, imagine a young boy learning how to catch the football.

"I started playing football with my brother probably when I was around 5 years old." Gage Pitt said.

"Tyler would throw the ball to him like he was 12 and Gage would catch it," Gage's mother, Stacey Crawford said. "So I would go out and try to throw with him and try to catch with him and they would be like go sit down, you catch like a girl."

Gage’s father, Kenneth John Pitt wasn’t there.

"Gage was born that morning and him and his brother were out celebrating and got into a car accident," Crawford said. "Like within 12 hours."

He died in May of 1998.

"I think around 4 or 5 probably, she explained it to me and I never really asked any questions about it afterwards. I just left it alone and I knew that he had passed away," Gage said.

Although his father was gone, Gage embodied the character he was.

"He was hardworking and stubborn like I am and all of my uncles are the same exact way," Gage said. “I heard from everyone that he played sports like football and wrestled."

"He is definitely a Pitt, through and through," Crawford said.

Without a major father figure growing up, Gage turns to his Grandfather.

“I've been told so much that I look like my Dad that I'm kind of his piece of him," Gage said. “My grandpa had sent me stuff like newspaper clippings of him playing football.

It’s hard work and effort that shows their family pride. Kenneth would see that in Gage as a Douglas football player.

“I think he would understand no matter if I wasn't very good and or as long as I tried and put effort into it I think he'd be proud," Gage said.

As a 5 year old playing catch with his brother, it’s now second nature to Gage Pitt on a Friday night.