I just received a press release regarding former Michigan Wolverine and NFL Hall of Famer, Tom Mack. Mack was a stand-out left guard for the Wolverines and the Los Angeles Rams, where he played his entire 13 year professional career.
Mack was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams. He is also a member of the ’99 HOF class.
If you’re around the Cleveland area, check out the press release below:
Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company to Honor Tom Mack as “Hometown Hall of Famer™” at Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
National Program Recognizes Pro Football’s Greatest Players in their Hometown Communities
Canton, Ohio – Oct. 15, 2012 – Pro football legend Tom Mack will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on Monday, Oct. 22, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest players with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Tom Mack and Cleveland Heights High School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Cleveland Heights.”
An 11-time Pro Bowl selection as an offensive guard in the NFL and former high school standout at Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Mack will be presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque during a special ceremony at 1:35 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 22, at Cleveland Heights High School, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes. The presentation will be made by Mack’s daughter, Katy Mack Clark.
“To be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like Cleveland Heights is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees,” said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing.
The ceremony will be attended by Cleveland Heights High School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Mack’s family members and close friends. Athletic Director Kristin Hughes will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Tom Mack “Hometown Hall of Famers™” road sign will be on display in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Mack, an All-America at the University of Michigan, was the Los Angeles Rams’ first round draft pick, second player selected overall, in the 1966 NFL Draft. The 6-3, 250-pound left guard was one of only two rookies to survive the entire first season on George Allen’s veteran-dominated Los Angeles squad.
Mack became a youthful leader on an excellent offensive line. He never missed a game during his 184-game tenure, a consecutive game streak third in Rams’ history behind only Jack Youngblood and Merlin Olsen. During his 13 seasons in Los Angeles, Mack led the Rams to 12 winning seasons and helped them compile a .720 won-lost record (129-48-7). They won their division eight times and played in four NFC championship games.
The first of 11 Pro Bowl invitations came after Mack’s second season in 1967. From that year through his final 1978 season, he missed earning a Pro Bowl spot only once following the 1976 season, ranking him in a third-place tie for the most appearances in the post-season classic at the time of his retirement. Mack was named All-Pro eight times and All-NFC eight times. He was selected All-NFL five times and named All-Western Conference once.
Mack was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
Fans can visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame website for more information on the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” program, and can view event videos at www.youtube.com/allstate.
About the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enterprises
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is dedicated to educating, preserving, and honoring the great individuals and moments that have shaped the sport’s history with the largest collection in the world of artifacts, programs, and papers. The Hall is celebrating its 50 Years 2012-13. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises represents the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its members in the creation of commercial ventures, featuring Hall of Famers to serve the mission of the PFHOF to enable football fans and the general public to have greater access and interactions with Hall of Famers and the Hall of Fame.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®,” Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.