(Football, Erie Chapter)
The name Fred Biletnikoff is still synonymous with National Football League greatness. He is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1989) and the College Football Hall of Fame (1991). The 14-year veteran of the Oakland Raiders caught nearly 600 passes during his career – an era when teams played 14-game regular seasons and emphasized rushing over passing – and was named All-Pro half a dozen times. He was also honored as the MVP of Super Bowl XI. John Madden once called Biletnikoff “the best pure pass receiver I have ever seen.” He was the first consensus All-American to play for Florida State. At FSU, Biletnikoff played on both sides of the ball and once returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown, a record which stood until 1987 when another NFL Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders, broke it by one yard. The Fred Biletnikoff Award, given annually since 1994 to the best wide receiver in college football, was named in his honor. In 1999, Biletnikoff was ranked #94 on “The Sporting News” list of the “100 Greatest Football Players.” During his high school career, he s All-City in both football and basketball at Tech Memorial, now Central Tech, whose athletic Field now bears his name. He later joined other Pa. high school football greats – Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, and Joe Montana – on Pennsylvania’s all-time first team.
(Football, Mid Mon Valley Chapter)
One of the finest kickers in Penn State history, Craig Fayak ended his career as Penn State’s all-time leading scorer with 282 points and 50 field goals — records that held until the 2007 season. He is probably best known for his 34-yard field goal with four seconds left that gave 18th-ranked Penn State a 24-21 victory at top-ranked Notre Dame in November 1990 – and enjoyed big games against Alabama (3 fields goals in 9-0 win in 1990) and against Pitt and West Virginia (combined 11 for 11 in field goals against these two rivals). He graduated with a 3.5 GPA and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American while also being awarded the prestigious Big Ten Medal (awarded to two student-athletes from each Big Ten University who “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work”) and John W. Oswald Award (one of five students chosen for “outstanding student leadership and excellence”). He was also named to the Athlon Sports Magazine “All Time Penn State Team.” Prior to Penn State, Craig starred at quarterback, kicker, punter, and safety at Belle Vernon Area High School- where he threw for more than 2,000 career yards, rushed for 500 more, kicked 21 field goals and scored 266 points, and helped lead his team to consecutive Big 9 Conference titles. He was selected to play in the 1990 Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey, PA and kicked 6 extra points in Pennsylvania’s 42-28 victory over Maryland. Craig was also an outstanding shortstop and pitcher in baseball, being named conference MVP and to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s AII-WPIAL Team in 1990. He helped lead the team to a Section 2 championship as a senior. He was the youngest player to be selected for the Pennsylvania American Legion East/West All Star Classic (1986). Following his Penn State career, Craig was on pre-season rosters for three NFL teams (Dallas, Miami, and Jacksonville). He continues to instruct high school kickers and lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey, with his wife Nicole and son Eli.
Larry Kelley (D)
(Football, West Branch Valley Chapter)
Larry Kelley played college football as an end at Yale University. While at Yale, he was named MVP of the East-West Shrine Game and won the Heisman Trophy in 1936, the year it was renamed in honor of John Heisman. He finished a three-year career with 49 catches for 889 yards and 13 touchdowns. Kelley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 969. Kelley was an All-American and the captain of the Yale football team. Following his career at Yale, he signed a one-game contract with the Boston Shamrocks of the American Football League in 1937 but never played. He also turned down offers to play in the NFL (Detroit) and in MLB (New York Yankees). After his career in football, Kelley was a history teacher and alumni director at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, his alma mater. The Ian Graham Athletic Center at the Peddie School holds a replica of the Heisman Trophy donated to the school by Kelley. To benefit his nieces and nephews, Kelley sold his Heisman Trophy at an auction in December 1999 for $328,110 to the owner of The Stadium Museum, Restaurant & Bar in Garrison, New York, where it now resides. He was 85 when he died in 2000.
(Football, Delaware County Chapter)
Bob Kuberski was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for Navy from 1990 to 1992. He was twice chosen to the All-East First Team. He’s a member of the Navy Sports Hall of Fame and was selected to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium All-Time Team. Among those on that team are Roger Staubach, Joe Bellino, and Napoleon McCallum. Kuberski was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1993. He served on active duty as an Ensign in the United States Navy for two years prior to starting his NFL career. Kuberski played nose tackle for the Packers from 1995-1998 and was a member of Green Bay’s Super Bowl championship team in 1997 (def. New England 35-21) and NFC championship team in 1998. He closed out his NFL career in 1999 with the New England Patriots. Bob is also a member of the Delaware County Chapter of the Pa Sports Hall of Fame.
William “Red” Mack
(Football, Western Chapter)
William “Red” Mack actually began his football career at st. Paul’s Orphanage in suburban Pittsburgh when a nun told him to get a football uniform. He went on to play wide receiver and half-back in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Green Bay Packers. He ended his National Football League career as a Super Bowl champion. Mack played only one season with Green Bay, concluding his six-year professional career in January 1967 with the Packers’ 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl. Mack played in eight regular-season games as the Packers dominated the NFL with a 12-2 record. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 34-27, in the NFL Championship Game, to advance to face Kansas City in the Super Bowl. Mack recorded a Super Bowl first, making the initial Green Bay tackle in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He totaled two tackles in the game, contributing to a Green Bay victory and earning a Super Bowl ring. He played college football at Notre Dame where he was a pre-season All-American in 1960. Mack was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 10th round of the 1961 NFL Draft. He was also drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 23rd round of the 1961 American Football League Draft. Red was a football, basketball, and track star at Hampton (Pa.) High School. He led the WPIAL in scoring in 1954 and 1955 and was named MVP. He spent his senior year at Bullis Prep School and was chosen Player-of-the-Year by the Washington, D.C. Touchdown Club.
(Field Hockey and Lacrosse, Bucks County Chapter)
One of Temple’s most versatile athletes, Monica Mills was inducted into the Temple University Hall of Fame in 1997. She earned numerous honors in field hockey and lacrosse. She was awarded four varsity letters in field hockey and was the team’s MVP in 1984. Mills was selected for the National and Regional All-American teams in 1984 as Temple finished fourth at the NCAA field hockey championships. She scored 161 points (68 goals, 25 assists) in field hockey for the third highest total in Temple history. In lacrosse, she also received national and regional All-American honors in 1984 while helping the Owls to the 1984 NCAA championship. Mills was the recipient of the Charlie Johnson Award as Temple’s outstanding athlete in 1985 and was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Intercollegiate Athlete-of-the-Year that same year. She was also was an award-winning all-around athlete at Neshaminy Langhorne High School and was inducted into that institution’s Hall of Fame for field hockey in 1992, softball in 2000, and basketball in 2006.
Joe Moore (D)
(Football, Erie Chapter)
Joe Moore was, perhaps, the finest offensive line coach in collegiate football history. He coached at Pitt from 1977-85, developing football All-Americans and Hall of Fame linemen Bill Fralic, Mark May, Russ Grimm and Jimbo Covert before moving on to coach at both Temple and Notre Dame. “He was such a great recruiter in Pennsylvania and then he shifted to offensive line and he was such a tremendous coach. He was such an innovator in terms of technique,” said Foge Fazio (2015 Pa Sports HOF inductee), who coached with Moore for nine years at Pitt. A graduate of Schenley High School and Penn State, Moore enjoyed outstanding success at the high school level, going 55-19-1 at McDowell (Erie) and winning back-to-back WPIAL co-championships at Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh) in 1975 and 1976. He also was an assistant coach at Cathedral Prep (Erie) in his later years. In his 17 years as a high school coach, Moore compiled a 119-32-4 record. When he left Upper St. Clair in 1976, Moore took a job as an assistant coach at Pitt in 1977. After three years of instructing running backs, he moved to the offensive line. Upon being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in March 2003, Covert credited Moore with his development. “I was fortunate to play with a lot of great players, and I was also associated with a lot of great coaches like Joe Moore, who is the greatest line coach of all time,” said Covert, who played for the Panthers from 1978-82. A 1984 Sports Illustrated article called Mr. Moore “the best line coach in college football. “After leaving Pitt in 1985, having worked under head coaches Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Fazio, Moore was named offensive line coach at Temple on July 31, 1986. In early 1988, Lou Holtz hired Moore to coach Notre Dame’s tight ends and tackles. He was part of the Fighting Irish team that won the 1988 national championship. Moore died in July 2003 after a year-long battle with cancer.
(Field Hockey, Delaware County Chapter)
Charlene Morett-Curtiss is both a United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) and a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame Inductee. As she approaches 500 wins, more than 450 of them at Penn State, she is the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten. She has taken the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament 25 times in her 29 years at the 1 helm. PSU reached the title game in 2002 and 2007 and reached the semifinals in 1990, 1991, and 1993. Her teams have accrued seven Big Ten Titles. She has been voted the Mideast Region Coach-of-the-Year seven times, the Atlantic 10 Coach-of-the-Year in 1989, and the Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year five times. She, herself, was a three-time All-American at PSU and was captain of the undefeated 1978 team. Morett-Curtiss also earned All-American honors in lacrosse, winning two National Championships for Penn State and was MVP of the 1979 NCAA Tournament. She was on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team which boycotted the Moscow Olympic Games. She was also a member of the 1984 Olympic Field Hockey Team which earned a Bronze Medal at the Games in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Lansdowne-Aldan High School and is a member of the Delaware County Hall of Fame.
(Football, Luzerne-John Popple Chapter)
James Mungro played five seasons for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL and became the sixth Colts’ rookie with 100+ yards in his first start. In 2003, he totaled three rushing touchdowns against Tampa Bay as Indy erased a 35-14 deficit in the last four minutes in an eventual 38-35 OT win. The next season, he caught two of Peyton Manning’s record-breaking 49 touchdown passes, including the record-tying 48th against San Diego. He got a Super Bowl ring when Indy won Super Bowl XLI. He was a four-year letterman at Syracuse and had his best year as a senior, running for 1,170 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. His 2,984 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns were both second all-time at Syracuse. Mungro was named Music City Bowl MVP with 162 yards (including a career-long 86 yard burst) and two touchdowns versus Kentucky. He was chosen Insight.com Bowl Offensive Player-of-the-Game for totaling 112 yards in a victory over Kansas State. He attended East Stroudsburg South High School where he set 48 team records during his career and was a three-time team MVP. He was both Parade and Street and Smith’s All-America performer, Pennsylvania Player-of-the-Year as a junior and an All-State selection his final two seasons. He set the Pa. state record after amassing 8,432 rushing yards and 9,513 all-purpose yards during his career.
(Baseball, Allen Rogowicz Chapter)
Chris Nabholz, an alumnus of Towson University, was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June II, 1990, with the Montreal Expos. His professional career actually began in 1988 when he was taken by Montreal in the second round of the draft. He was 23 when he made. his major league debut with the Expos June II, 1990. Nabholz hit the field for the Expos in 1989, at Single-A Rockford. He went 13-5, with a 2.18 ERA. In 1990, the southpaw played for both AA Jacksonville and AAA Indianapolis before joining Montreal. He started 11 games for the Expos in 1990, going 6-2, with a 2.83 ERA. In late August, he threw a one-hitter over seven innings against the Dodgers. He was chosen National League “Pitcher-of-the-Month” for Montreal in September 1991. Nabholz ultimately retired after a six-year career with Montreal, Cleveland, Boston, and the Cubs. He was a two-sport standout at Pottsville High. In basketball, he was the second-leading scorer in history with 1,494 points. As a baseball player, he went 24-4 with an ERA of 1.53. Nabholz also played American Legion baseball, finishing his career with an 18-2 record and a 1.73 ERA.
(Football, Delaware County Chapter)
Joe Valerio was a second round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1991 and had a six-year NFL career, five with KC. He started every position on the offensive line and caught four touchdown passes, three from Joe Montana. Perhaps his most noteworthy win with the Chiefs was a Monday Night Football triumph over Denver and John Elway in 1994. Valerio caught a TD pass from Montana early in the third quarter as the Chiefs won the game on a last-minute drive. Valerio was nominated for NFL Man-of-the-Year for outstanding community service. He played his college ball at Penn and competed in such historic stadiums as Franklin Field, The Yale Bowl, and Harvard Stadium. During his career with the Quakers, he earned First Team All-American and First Team All-Ivy League Honors. He was team MVP and was inducted into Penn’s Hall of Fame in 2006. Valerio attended Ridley High School in suburban Philadelphia.