Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ex-NFL Lineman Christy Highlights Class

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ex-NFL Lineman Christy Highlights Class

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As a football player, Jeff Christy was adamant that he would never put his hand on the ground and get in a three-point stance.

"I remember I used to argue with my coaches at Freeport [High School] that I will never play line. It was never going to happen," said Christy.

But by his junior year at Pitt, Christy was on the offensive line. By the time he finished his NFL career, he had played 10 seasons as a center.

Christy turned out to be one of the most successful offensive linemen ever from the WPIAL and is one of the members of the WPIAL Hall of Fame class of 2015. The class was announced Thursday at Heinz History Center.

Christy was a standout running back and linebacker at Freeport. He made the NFL Pro Bowl three times and won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I'll treasure this," Christy said of the Hall of Fame selection. "Does it replace the Super Bowl or the birth of my three children? Absolutely not. But now that the team stuff is done, it's nice to look back on individual accomplishments and this one means a lot."

This is the ninth year of the WPIAL Hall of Fame. All selections will be honored at a banquet in June. Here is the rest of the 2015 class:

Athletes

Missie Berteotti, Upper St. Clair - Won back-to-back WPIAL golf championships in 1979-80 and went on to become an LPGA player who finished sixth at the 1988 women's U.S. Open.

Paul Failla, North Allegheny - A football and baseball standout at North Allegheny who played quarterback and shortstop at Notre Dame.

Joe Lafko, Frazier - Three-sport star at Frazier in football, basketball and baseball who still holds the state record for career interceptions with 37. Has won more than 400 games as Hampton's boys basketball coach.

Gina Naccarato, Monessen - All-time leading scorer in WPIAL girls basketball with 3,364 career points. Also scored 158 goals in soccer.

Kaitlyn Orstein, Mt. Lebanon - Won six PIAA championships in swimming and went on to win eight NCAA Division III championships at Washington & Jefferson. …

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