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Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund Honors NFL Football Players at Hall of Fame Dinner

Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame DinnerGridiron Greats Assistance Fund will hold its fifth annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan on Friday May 17,2013. This event will honor 15 players for their outstanding NFL playing careers as well as for their charitable contributions.

This evening will be a celebration of the fabulous careers on the field and the equally outstanding deeds off the field of:





  • Dean Look
    • Michigan State – All-American
    • NY Titans (AFL)
    • Chi White Sox (Baseball)
    • NFL Official for 29 years – 3 Super Bowls
    • Only man ever to play pro football, pro baseball and be an NFL Referee
  • Greg Landry
    • UMass
    • Detroit Lions – 1x All Pro Quarterback
    • Baltimore Colts
    • Chicago Bears
    • 1976 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
    • NFL Coach (Bears mostly)
  • Grady Alderman
    • University of Detroit
    • Detroit Lions
    • Minnesota Vikings – 5x All Pro
    • Chicago Bears coach
    • Denver Broncos GM
  • Chris Spielman
    • Ohio State – 2x All American
    • Detroit Lions – 4x All Pro
    • Buffalo Bills
    • Cleveland Browns
    • College Football Hall of Fame
  • Roger Zatkoff
    • University of Michigan
    • Green Bay Packers – 3x All Pro
    • World Champion Detroit Lions
  • Mean Joe Greene
    • North Texas
    • Pittsburgh Steelers – 10x All Pro
    • Pro Football Hall of Fame
    • College Football Hall of Fame
  • Jim Marshall
    • Ohio State
    • Saskatchewan Rough Rider
    • Cleveland Browns
    • Minnesota Vikings – 2x All Pro
    • Jersey number retired by the Vikings
  • Rick Volk
    • University of Michigan – All-American
    • Baltimore Colt – 3x All Pro
    • Miami Dolphin
  • George Perles
    • Michigan State
    • Pittsburgh Steelers coach
    • MSU Head Coach – 2x Big Ten Champ
  • George Reed
    • Washington State
    • Saskatchewan Rough Rider – 10x All Pro
    • CFL Hall of Fame
    • Rated No. 2 on All Time CFL player list
  • Hugh Campbell
    • Washington St
    • Saskatchewan Rough Rider 4x All Pro
    • Edmonton Eskimo Head Coach – 5 x CFL Champ
    • Houston Oilers Head Coach
    • Edmonton Eskimo CEO – 4x CFL Champ
    • CFL Hall of Fame

We will be honoring Detroit Lions, Stephen Tulloch, who is the unsung hero of the 2012 Detroit Lions and receiving the Ron Kramer Award.  Stephen played with North Carolina State as a Linebacker, the Tennessee Titans, and the Detroit Lions.

We also will be giving an award in honor of Tim Pendell, retired Director of Community Affairs for the Detroit Lions, to Ken Dallafior and Dan Jaroshewich.  Ken Dallafior played for the University of Minnesota, Detroit Lions, and San Diego Chargers.  Ken won the NFL Ed Block Courage Award.  Dan Jaroshewich is the Director of Sports Events for the Ford Field.  Dan is also the founder of the Detroit Lions Courage House which supports abused children.

Our 2013 Gridiron Greats Man of the Year is Kevin Turner.  Kevin played for Alabama and 8 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.  Kevin has also won the NFL Ed Block Courage Award.  In 2010, Kevin was diagnosed with ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease.  He has been working hard on research that links CTE to ALS and has also agreed to donate his brain and spinal cord when he passes to help further his mission.  The documentary film, “American Man” was produced to describe Kevin’s life, especially his battle with ALS.  Kevin founded The Kevin Turner Foundation to raise awareness of ALS.  He’s a great player, man, friend, father, and husband.  No one is more deserving of this award this year.

Tickets for the dinner cost $125 per person or $1,100 per table of ten. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

Gridiron Greats Autograph ShowNumerous NFL players will be present at the dinner and several players available for an autograph session, which will take place between 8am and 4pm at Suburban Collection Showplace on Saturday, May 18, 2013. DC Sports will be hosting the sports memorabilia and autograph show. Autograph guests will include “Mean” Joe Greene, Chris Spielman, Jim Marshall, Doug English, Rick Volk, Roger Zatkoff, Hugh Campbell, George Reed, Denny McLain, and more to be announced. This show will help the Gridiron Greats raise money to help former players in need.  Please go to www.detroitcitysports.com for players’ times and autograph pricing.

For ticket information you may contact us at mailto:shannonj@gridirongreats.org or call Shannon Jordan at (773) 867-8161.

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