For the KGB-level paranoia that most NFL teams employ with their trade secrets, it’s comical when something gets out.
So imagine the surprise of a 60-something marketing professor at the University of Baltimore who mistakenly received an email in 2010 from the Ravens with a portion of their playbook.
Of course, his name is Dennis Pitta, same as the tight end they had just drafted from BYU.
“I promise not to sell them to the Steelers,” the professor wrote to the Ravens, in an e-mail explaining the mistake.
Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun talked to the professor about being “the other Dennis Pitta,” which includes mistakenly getting emails intended for the tight end as well as his father (also named Dennis Pitta), including one from the Raven’s sister.
But the best are the Facebook friend requests from young women.
“After I tell them I’m over 60, 5-feet-6 and 180 pounds, I never hear from them again,” he said with a laugh. “They don’t even bother to write back and say ‘I’m sorry!’”
Somewhere out there, there has to be a car salesman or an insurance agent named Tim Tebow. Can you imagine what his inbox looks like?
Photo credit: University of Baltimore