This was Jamiyus Pittman in the minutes following UCF Football's victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl:
Jamiyus Pittman: "I want to thank them for doubting us." #UCF #cfapeachbowl pic.twitter.com/tcUY9EkWxj— Brian Murphy (@Spokes_Murphy) January 2, 2018
Nearly three months later, the debate over UCF's national championship and if the Knights were indeed the best team last season still lives. And nearly three months later, Pittman hasn't changed his tune. If anything, he has fortified it.
"A lot of people feel some type of way, but they didn't schedule us," he said. "And even if they would have, we still would have had a zero in that last column."
Pittman's confidence extends not just to his football past but his football future as he has no doubt that the UCF faithful will see him playing on Sundays. He is going to will it.
"I'm a baller. It'll be the NFL. I know it will. There aren't too many Jamiyus Pittmans in this world."
"There ain't too many Jamiyus Pittmans in this world." -- Jamiyus Pittman— Brian Murphy (@Spokes_Murphy) March 29, 2018
So what does Pitt think makes him a special player?: #UCFproday #UCF pic.twitter.com/wbfl6DZOy2
Pittman has been making plenty of pitches to NFL personnel since that triumphant afternoon in Atlanta. He went through interviews at the East-West Shrine Game until he had to depart due to an illness. He has talked with the Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and met with Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson at UCF's pro day. Pittman said those teams and everyone else in attendance Thursday saw an explosive player who, after playing in different systems at UCF, can line up in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense.
"I didn't have a big-time day on the bench, but I feel like I can play with anybody, and I think they know that," Pittman said. "Hopefully, they will evaluate me, and I think they will take a chance on me. ... I feel like I can do it all."
Do you want another dose of swagger from Pitt? Yeah, why not? It's so much fun.
"I honestly feel like we're the best team to ever come through here," he said about the 2017 Knights. "And you can tell the McCray twins (Jordan and I said that. I've been arguing with them the past two days about the Fiesta Bowl team and us. I think everybody knows who would win that game though."
Yet another UCF argument rages on.