There is no doubt that quarterback Charlie Batch is a hometown hero, so on Friday night it was only fitting that he was inducted into the Steel Valley Hall of Fame.
Batch, who is from Homestead, Pa., part of the Steel Valley, was honored for his achievements on the field and his contribution to the community.
Batch attended Steel Valley High School and then went on to play at Eastern Michigan. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round in 1998, playing four seasons there before signing with the Steelers in 2002.
“It’s special,” said Batch. “To have so many great players come out of the area and to be recognized as one of the best is appreciated.”
Batch established the Best of the Batch Foundation, giving back to those in the Steel Valley area in many ways, including educational programs.
“I am in a rare situation where I am home playing football,” said Batch. “To be so close to home and be able to continue to do what we are doing with the foundation and make an impact on the community is special because there are so many people involved and believe in our cause.
“I am extremely proud to be from the area. There are so many great people from there, not only in sports but in business. To have an opportunity to be around those people, and those trying to make an impact in that area, we are trying to do our small part but understand there is more that needs to be done.”
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