1970 Alumni Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

1970 Alumni Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame
Posted on 02/09/2024

Congratulations to Class of 1970 Champion High School alumni Mr. Randy Gradishar on his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame! (The Champion Local School District was proud to elect him into the Champion High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.) This monumental achievement is a true testament to his dedication, talent, and perseverance. From the halls of our school to Columbus, and then Denver, Gradishar consistently demonstrated excellence, sportsmanship, and leadership every step of the way. This journey is an inspiration to aspiring athletes everywhere, and we couldn't be prouder to call you one of our own.

Click here to read a full article from the Tribune Chronicle on Gradishar's career and induction.

From the National Football League: One of the foremost linebackers of his generation, Gradishar helmed the vaunted Orange Crush defense that ruled the Rockies in the 1970s and early '80s. Gradishar spent the entirety of his 10-year career with the Denver Broncos, for whom he made seven Pro Bowls and earned two first-team All-Pro selections. Gradishar enters Canton as a senior finalist after being a modern-era finalist in 2003 and 2008. Gradishar also was a senior finalist for the Centennial Slate in 2020, so he will be inducted on his fourth attempt as a finalist. Gradishar was the Broncos' all-time leading tackler with 2,049 when he retired in 1983. He also had 19.5 sacks, 20 interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns. Gradishar's finest season came in 1978 when he won Defensive Player of the Year honors, the year after he helped lead Denver to the franchise's first trip to the Super Bowl.

Here's to a well-deserved honor and the legacy you have built! Congratulations, Mr. Gradishar!