Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund Honors NFL Legends in Detroit Area May 18, 2012

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Hall of Fame Dinner To Honor Players For Their On and Off the Field Accomplishments - All Proceeds to Benefit Retired NFL Players in Dire Need

Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund will hold its fourth annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan on Friday May 18,, 2012. This event will honor 11 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 Dan Dierdorf, Marv Levy, Joe DeLamielleure, Bobby Bell, Angelo Mosca, Billy Sims, Gary Moeller, Al 'Bubba' Baker, Arch Matsos, Hank Bullough and Kyle Turley. We will be honoring current Detroit Lions Tight End, Tony Scheffler, who is the unsung hero of the 2011 Detroit Lions and receiving the Ron Kramer Award.

We also will be giving an award in honor of Tim Pendell, retired Director of Community Affairs for the Detroit Lions, to former Lions Coach Rick Forzano in appreciation of his giving back to the community.

Mike Ditka, Chairman of the Gridiron Greats says, “This is a great way for us to honor deserving individuals not just because they were great players but because they have given so much back to the community”.

Kyle Turley, former NFL Legend and sits on Gridiron Greats Board of Directors, will be entertaining us that evening (also at our VIP party afterward) along with former voice of the Detroit Lions, Mark Champion, who will be emceeing the dinner.

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.

Over 60 players will be present at the dinner and over 20 players available for an autograph session, which will take place between 10am and 4pm at the Monaghan Council Knights of Columbus in Livonia on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Please go to for players’ times and autograph pricing.

“We are thrilled to once again host this dinner in the Detroit area to honor these men and thank them for all of their efforts. This event has tripled in size over the last three years and the monies raised have helped a lot of retired players who have fallen on hard times” said Shannon Jordan, President of the Gridiron Greats.

For ticket information you may contact us at gridirongreats313(at) or call Mark Lewis at (248) 444-2241.

About Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund
The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions.

The GGAF’s mission is to assist dire need retired NFL players who were pioneers of the game and who have greatly contributed to the NFL’s status as the most popular sport in America. GGAF provides hands-on assistance to help retired players and their families deal with hardships they face after football. The services include medical assistance, transportation costs for medical evaluations and surgeries, housing assistance, financial assistance for utilities, medication, and coordination of services for food, automotive payments and childcare.

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