David Pittman began his football with Burnside Under 8's, and then played for Prince Alfred College. Although he lived in the Sturt zone, he was able to play for the Redlegs under the "father/son rule"- David's father Brian, having played two league games for Norwood in 1949.
In 1987 Pittman played 13 games for the Norwood Under 19's. He played another 18 games for the Under 19's the following season and was a valuable contributor in the team's premiership year. He also made one appearance for the reserves during 1988.
The 202 cm ruckman made his league debut in Round 12, 1989 and held his spot for the remainder of the year, playing 14 games, and winning the "Best First Year Player" award. At season's end, Pittman was drafted by the Essendon Football Club.
He continued to improve in the SANFL, playing 18 games for the Redlegs in 1990.
In 1991, he was included in the Adelaide Crows inaugural squad, after being traded by Essendon.
The following year, Pittman played 19 games and was runner-up in Norwood's best and fairest award. His excellent form saw him gain State selection for matches against Western Australia and the State of Origin clash against Victoria.
He made his AFL debut late in the season, after he had already played State of Origin for South Australia.
Pittman made another three appearances for the Redlegs in 1993, and two in 1995.
An important member of the 1997 and 1998 Adelaide Crows premiership teams, Pittman retired in 1999 after 131 AFL games.
R Cialini Oct 2017