PITTSTON — The Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick President Joseph Long announces former Notre Dame All-American NFL veteran and College Football Hall of Famer Chris Zorich will be the principal speaker at the 104th annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet on March 17.
Zorich was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Chicago Vocational High School in 1987. He received a football scholarship from Lou Holtz and the University of Notre Dame.
Zorich made history as part of Notre Dame football’s all-time winning streak with 23 consecutive wins. As a starter, he compiled a 33-4 record and during those 37 games, his team went into 21 of those games ranked #1 in the nation. He also helped Notre Dame win the national championship in 1988.
Zorish was honored as a White House guest of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. He was elected captain of the Fighting Irish football team his senior year.
He won numerous collegiate awards, including consecutive consensus and unanimous All-American titles (1989 and 1990), United Press International’s Lineman of the Year (1989), Chevrolet’s College Defensive Player of the Year (1989), the Lombardi Award (1990), MVP of the Orange Bowl (1991). Chris was a member of Walter Camp’s College Football All-Century Team (2000) and Sports Illustrated’s All-Time Notre Dame Team (2006). He was also named one of the top 10 greatest Notre Dame football players by Athlon Sports (2011).
In 2007, Zorich was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was also inducted into the FedEx Orange Bowl Hall of Fame for his outstanding performances in back-to-back Orange Bowl appearances in 1990 and 1991.
Following his 1991 graduation, Zorich was drafted by the Chicago Bears football team and averaged 100+ tackles per season, placing him among the league’s best defensive linemen.
Zorich finished his career with the Washington Redskins.
Zorich currently lives in Chicago with his wife Candace, stepdaughter Kylie and two rescued Rottweilers, Athena and Icy.
Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance from any active member of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick or at the Knights of Columbus, 55 S. Main St., every Thursday night until the night of the banquet.