The Charleroi Area School District has finalized plans to honor one of its own.
When Charleroi hosts Washington in its conference opener Sept. 2, the high school football facility, opened in 2011, will be officially named Myron Pottios Stadium. Pottios is a 1957 graduate who went on to play for the Steelers.
The event will be “a mini reunion of the 1956 football team,” Athletic Director Bill Wiltz said.
Wiltz said some of Pottios’ teammates will return for the special weekend, including Charleroi residents Joe Falbo, Carl Witmyer and Jim Chacko.
Other teammates are traveling home, including John Lenhart from Indiana, Art Mouyard from Minnesota, Joel Walenta from Texas, and Lou Partazanna from Florida.
“It’s going to be gigantic night,” Bill Wiltz said. “We have one Pro Bowl and Super Bowl participant who is an alumni. It’s going to be great for the school and the community.”
A cougar statue at the stadium will be unveiled at 6 p.m. The stadium dedication will follow at 6:40 p.m. with Board President Ken Wiltz. Pottios will formally present a special edition gold Super Bowl football to the school.
On Sept. 3, a public reception will be held for Pottios in the Charleroi Elks. Tickets are $20. Stan Milchovich, former Charleroi Area principal and athletic director, will be master of ceremonies.
At Charleroi Area High School, Pottios was a four-sport letterman, participating in baseball, basketball, track and football.
A fullback and linebacker, Pottios starred for the Cougars’ 1956 team which was undefeated and advanced to the WPIAL Class AA title game. The Cougars lost 16-13 to Jeannette on a last-second field goal.
After Charleroi, Pottios attended Notre Dame, where he was a linebacker, center and guard for the Fighting Irish.
Drafted in 1961, he played for four years for the Steelers and five for the Los Angeles Rams.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Pottios achieved the epitome of his pro career when he played for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VI.