The 2019 Campbell Family Distinguished Achievement Award Honoree
Charlie Batch

CAREER:


  • A 1992 graduate of Steel Valley High School, Charlie led the Ironmen to the WPIAL AA semifinals his senior season
  • In a game against Beth-Center his senior year, he rallied the Ironmen from a 34-21 deficit with two minutes to play, throwing the winning TD pass with 17 seconds remaining
  • He started all four years at Eastern Michigan University, completing 579 of 998 passes for 7592 yards and 53 touchdowns and rushed for 5 more scores
  • He was named First Team All -Mid-America Conference quarterback in 1995 and was selected in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions
  • In four seasons with the Lions, he started a majority of the games and threw for more than 2000 yards in three of four seasons
  • In 2002 he signed with his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers where he remained the #1 backup for 11 seasons, third longest QB tenure in team history, surpassed only by Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger
  • His record as a Steelers starting QB was 6 wins against 3 losses
  • During his NFL career he passed for 61 TD’s and earned Steeler championship rings for Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII victories

 

BROADCASTING:


  • Charlie currently serves as a studio analyst for the NFL Network, the Steeler Radio Network and KDKA TV
  • Previously he did color commentary on both the Champs Sports Network and the Xfinity High School Game of the Week on Comcast
  • He is also a popular motivational speaker, inspiring audiences with calls to leadership, philanthropy and self-reliance

 

PHILANTHROPY:


  • In 20 years since its creation, Charlie has served as Founding President of his Homestead-based “Best of the Batch” Foundation, a non-profit devoted to improving the lives of children in distressed communities by building character, self-esteem and appreciation for education
  • His “5 P’s” personal motto, “proper preparation prevents poor performance” has inspired and empowered countless young people in the communities of the Steel Valley and beyond to embrace more positive personal lifestyles and to unlock the potential of their individual talents as they prepare to enter adulthood
  • His “Best of the Batch” initiatives include his C.H.U.C.K. (“Continuously Helping Uplift Community Kids”) Summer Basketball League, “Batchpacks For Kids” (back to school supplies program), ‘Best of the Batch Club” (rewards for excellence in schoolwork, attendance and behavior), “Batch A Toys (annual holiday toy drive), a summer reading program (in cooperation with the Carnegie Library of Homestead), after-school tutoring programs, field trips, and scholarships.
  • In 2006, he received the Jerome Bettis Award for Humanity and Community Service for his Foundation’s efforts to upgrade local football fields and basketball courts and he was the 2013 recipient of the prestigious NFL Man of the Year Award, named in honor of former Heisman Trophy recipient and Supreme Court Associate Justice Byron “Whizzer” White

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