Athletic Hall of Fame

Charlie Batch

Charlie Batch

Sport(s): Football

Graduating Class: 1997

Induction Class: 2009

Enjoyed an outstanding career as the quarterback on the EMU football team and just completed his 12th season in the NFL with the Detroit Lions (1998-2001) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2002-Present)...Earned four letters (1994, 95, 96, 97) and graduated with virtually all of the school's passing records, including total offensive yards (7,715), single-season offensive yards (3,229 in 1995) and again in 1997 (3,390), career passing yards (7,592), and career touchdown passes (53)...Was named EMU's Most Valuable Player in 1997...Earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 1995 after leading the team to a 6-5 record...Drafted in the second round of the 1998 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions as the 30th overall selection... Was the starting quarterback all four years with the Lions...Has played in 71 games during his NFL career with 819 completions on 1,461 attempts for 10,050 yards and 57 touchdowns...Member of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl XL and XLIII Championship Teams...Was named the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2006 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year...Created Best of the Batch Foundation for youth in disadvantaged communities in the Pittsburgh area and has also established Project C.H.U.C.K, which stands for Continuously Helping Uplift Community Kids and is in the 10th year of hosting a youth basketball league in his hometown of Homestead, Pa.

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