Iron Mike Ditka Hand Signed NFL #1 Fan Photo
Before he gained fame as a National Football League player and head coach, ESPN studio analyst, and national spokesperson, Michael Keller “Iron Mike” Ditka Jr. was an All-American tight end at Pitt.
Immensely skilled and fiercely competitive, Ditka would lead Pitt in receiving for three consecutive years. He also was a standout linebacker and punter. In addition, Ditka played baseball and basketball at Pitt and was the intramural wrestling champion.
In 1961, Ditka was a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears; he would help to lead them to the 1963 NFL Championship. A four-time All-Pro, Ditka also was a member of the Dallas Cowboys team that won Super Bowl VI.
Ditka would go on to coaching fame in the NFL, spending 11 seasons as the top man with the Chicago Bears (winning Super Bowl XX) and three seasons as coach of the New Orleans Saints.
Pitt retired Ditka’s number 89 jersey. He is both a College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.
Change The Ref & Shine MSD, 2 organizations formed in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Parkland Florida on 2/14, have come together with Actions For Change for their Inaguaral fundraiser on 9/30/18.
Change The Ref (CTR) was created to support our future leaders, giving them the tools they need to be empowered to make changes to critical issues that affect our nation, through education, conversation, and activism. Founded in the memory of their son Joaquin, who was one of the 17 victims, Manuel and Patricia Oliver are committed to making sure that their son's life and the lives of the other 16 victims are never forgotten and that real change happens in order to prevent future tragedies like this from happening again.
Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña, drama students at Stoneman Douglas High School, channeled the pain and anger they felt after the school shooting into writing an original song, “Shine,” that quickly caught on and became the anthem for our movement. Shine MSD, a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation, was born to encourage healing through the arts by providing mental health programs centered around the arts at Stoneman Douglas High School and the surrounding community.