Updated On: Dec 11 2013 09:46:49 AM CST
Chester M. Pitts II is a true testament to longevity, resiliency and durability. This stand out former offensive lineman turned executive consultant and sports analyst has been known for being the last man standing. Whether it be on the football field, an off the field endeavor or being in front of the camera, you can count on Chester to be there until the end.
Chester, the oldest of four, was raised in Carson, California where he attended the California Academy of Mathematics and Science for high school. With education always being at the forefront, Chester attended San Diego State University while holding down a job at Ralph’s Supermarket as a bagger.
Always noticed by several of the university football players, friend and former teammate Ephraim Salam encouraged Chester to tryout for the football team. Chester tried out and walked on to the football team the spring semester of his freshman year. His hard work eventually paid off which allowed him a starting spot his last two years on the team. Chester would go on to receive his degree in Public Administration and go on to do the unthinkable, play in the National Football League.
Chester was drafted in the 2nd round of the NFL draft by the Houston Texans in 2002, becoming an original Texan. During his time with the Texans, he started every game he played with the franchise, being the first player in the team’s history to accomplish this. After eight amazing seasons with the Texans, Chester played his last NFL season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.
Over the years, Chester has actively demonstrated his leadership role in several organizations that assist youth, including, the Texas Children’s Hospital, the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the YMCA of Greater Houston.
Chester has served as a major key player for the Houston community and puts his heart into every step in creating a brighter future for children.
To further his passion for helping others in his community, The Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation was created. Having a passion for the arts and recognizing how the school system was cutting much of the arts out as the budgets, Chester started the foundation with his college sweetheart and wife, LaToya, in 2010.
Chester currently sits on the Houston Symphony board and is an ambassador for the Texas Children’s Hospital. In addition to being a community advocate, Chester keeps a very busy schedule. His time is split helping many, especially athletes, save and grow their money as executive consultant for ZT Wealth, a radio and television sports analyst, a Houston Texan Ambassador and currently a candidate for an MBA.
As if this isn’t enough, Chester decided to marry his college sweetheart on 12/12/12 in a surprise ceremony with only five weeks of planning. With all the titles, the most important title Chester takes on is Father. Chester loves being just dad to his 7-year-old son, Chester “Champ” M. Pitts III, and his 16-year-old daughter, Alanna Pitts.
Knowing that every good thing must come to an end, it is no wonder that Chester planned for the future. You can be sure there will be no ‘Pitts Stops’ along the road to further success for the last man still standing.