Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Football Greats from the West

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Football Greats from the West

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Here are 12 famous graduates from PG West area high schools, who have left their mark in the world of football.

Tony Dorsett, Hopewell -- Running back won Heisman Trophy at Pitt and led Panthers to a national championship in 1976. One of college football's all-time leading rushers with more than 6,000 career yards. Starred for Dallas Cowboys from 1977-87. One of the NFL's career leaders in rushing yards with 12,739. Was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Owns NFL record 99-yard touchdown run against Minnesota. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Hopewell High's stadium in named after him.

Joe Namath, Beaver Falls -- Quarterback with New York Jets from 1965-76. NFL Hall of Famer. Led Jets to famous Super Bowl championship in January of 1969 with a 16-7 win over favored Baltimore Colts. First NFL quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season. Still holds most of the Jets' passing records, finishing his career with 27,663 yards, 173 touchdowns. Was named to AFL all-time team. Played in college at the University of Alabama for legendary coach Bear Bryant.

Mike Ditka, Aliquippa -- NFL tight end from 1961-72 with Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas. Caught 427 passes for 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns. Head coach with Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. Coached Chicago to a Super Bowl championship. First tight end elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame. Was first-round pick of Bears in 1961 and the NFL Rookie of the Year that season. Ditka played collegiately at Pitt.

Bill Cowher, Carlynton -- Head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1992. Was Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year in first season. Owns regular-season record of 109-66-1. He's 7-8 in postseason. NFL linebacker from 1980-84 with Cleveland and Philadelphia. Played in college at North Carolina State.

Marty Schottenheimer, Fort Cherry -- Head coach of San Diego Chargers. Former head coach of Cleveland Browns (1984-88), Kansas City Chiefs (1989-98) and Washington Redskins. Is second among active NFL coaches in career wins with a regular-season mark of 161- 101-1. Is ninth all-time in career coaching wins. The 59-year-old Schottenheimer owns a 5-11 post-season record. …

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