For the past 58 years, the Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame has honored and inducted over 735 incredible men and women who have made a lasting impact in Pennsylvania through extraordinary athletic achievement and contributions. Whether these activities have been achieved on or off the field, we honor them here.

Jim Rooker

Year Inducted:2006

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Red Ryan

Year Inducted:2006

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Dave Kling

Year Inducted:2006

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Stephen J. Steve Smear

Year Inducted:2006

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Steve was a legendary athlete at Johnstown Bishop McCort high school earning All-State honors in Football and leading the Basketball team to a PCIAA State Championship. He was a three-year starter at tackle and captained the 1968 and 1969 Orange Bowl Championship squads. He and Mike Reid formed what many feel was the best defensive tackle tandem in college football history. A fourth round pick of the Baltimore Colts he elected to play in the Canadian League where he was a member of the Montreal Allouettes 1970 Grey Cup Champions from 1970-76 and an All-Star two of those years.

William "Red" Mack

Year Inducted:2006

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William "Red" Mack actually began his football career at st. Paul's Orphanage in suburban Pittsburgh when a nun told him to get a football uniform. He went on to play wide receiver and half-back in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Green Bay Packers. He ended his National Football League career as a Super Bowl champion. Mack played only one season with Green Bay, concluding his six-year professional career in January 1967 with the Packers' 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl. Mack played in eight regular-season games as the Packers dominated the NFL with a 12-2 record. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 34-27, in the NFL Championship Game, to advance to face Kansas City in the Super Bowl. Mack recorded a Super Bowl first, making the initial Green Bay tackle in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He totaled two tackles in the game, contributing to a Green Bay victory and earning a Super Bowl ring. He played college football at Notre Dame where he was a pre-season All-American in 1960. Mack was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 10th round of the 1961 NFL Draft. He was also drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 23rd round of the 1961 American Football League Draft. Red was a football, basketball, and track star at Hampton (Pa.) High School. He led the WPIAL in scoring in 1954 and 1955 and was named MVP. He spent his senior year at Bullis Prep School and was chosen Player-of-the-Year by the Washington, D.C. Touchdown Club.

Chuck Walker

Year Inducted:2006

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Joseph "Joe" Walton

Year Inducted:2006

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A 60 year football career as a player, scout, and coach. Two-time All-American at the University of Pittsburgh, consensus in 1956. Played 8 years in the NFL for the Redskins and Giants. Following injury, scouted 4 seasons for the Giants. Coached professional and college football for 43 seasons. Assistant Coach for the Giants, Redskins, Jets, and Steelers during a 23-year stretch. Head coach of Jets, leading them to playoffs game twice in 7 seasons. Recently retired after a 20-year career football program founder and head coach at Robert Morris University, winning two division 1-AA National Championships and six Northeast Conference Titles.

Gary Meckley

Year Inducted:2006

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Tom Modrak

Year Inducted:2006

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Carolie Zajac-Tynan

Year Inducted:2006

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George Perles

Year Inducted:2006

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