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.
A graduate of Penn Hills High School, Jim starred in football as the quarterback in 1963 and 1964. He went on to Clarion University of Pennsylvania and in 1966 led them to their first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship with a 10-0 record. He also led them to a Western Division Title in 1967, losing in the Championship game. He passed for 1,925 yards and 26 touchdowns in 1966, the latter still second all time at Clarion. His two-year record of 274 completions in 480 attempts (57.1 %) still tops the Clarion record books. His two years as a starter garnered him Team MVP honors each year, as well as, All-Conference, All-East, and Little All-American Honors. Jim was drafted in the 11th round by the Cleveland Browns and finished his football career with a three year stint with the Ohio Valley Ironmen.
John Brooms Abramovic