Sep 19, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT
On Wednesday evening, three former Notre Dame football stars—Johnny Lattner (’54), Renaldo Wynn (’96) and Pete Bercich (’94)— were among those recognized at the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame’s 17th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner at the Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Ill.
Lattner, the 1953 Heisman Trophy winner and former Fenwick High School standout, received the George Connor Lifetime Achievement Award. A lifelong Chicagoan, he and his wife, Peggy, raised eight children in Oak Park, Ill., and for more than 40 years, Lattner has carried the banner of St. Patrick in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Wynn was a three-sport student-athlete at De La Salle Institute before starring at defensive end for the Fighting Irish. As a junior, he garnered honorable mention All-America recognition, and after being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1997, went on to play 13 seasons with four NFL teams. Today, Wynn is the Executive Director of Game Plan for Life: Inner City and Prison Ministries at Joe Gibbs Racing. He and his wife, LaTanya, have an 11-year-old daughter.
Bercich, who unfortunately was unable to attend, played at Providence Catholic High School and was a four-time Monogram winner as a linebacker at Notre Dame. He was was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft, and played five seasons with the Vikings, before joining the franchise as an assistant coach in 2002. These days, Bercich lives in Lakeville, Minn. with his wife and three children. He is currently a radio analyst for the Vikings.
Monogram Club membership coordinator Mike Sullivan (’09, manager) attended the dinner, along with associate athletics director Mike Danch (’67) and senior associate athletics director John Heisler (both of whom are honorary Monogram recipients!). Here are a few pictures from the event.