Steve Bilsky and Randy Grossman
National Jewish Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees
— by Alan Freedman
Two athletes with ties to Philadelphia, Steve Bilsky and Randy Grossman, will be inducted into The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame & Museum on April 21, 2013. Steve Bilsky, a star basketball player at Penn in the 70’s and the current Athletic Director at Penn, and Randy Grossman, who attended Haverford High School and was a three-year starter at tight end for Temple, are among the inductees in the Class of 2013.
Their biographies follow the jump.
As a basketball player at Penn, Steve Bilsky was a three-time All-Ivy League guard and captain of the school’s best team in its history in 1970-71. In his current position as Penn’s Athletic Director, Bilsky has expanded activities, competition and facilities for the school’s numerous men’s and women’s teams and its recreation programs. Bilsky played on the ’70-’71 nationally ranked Quaker team (28-1), that was considered one of the all-time greatest teams in school history. In his final two seasons as Penn’s point guard, his teams had a 53-3 record.
Randy Grossman was an outstanding tight end at Temple in the early 70’s and was named to the AP All-America third team as a senior in 1973; he helped the Owls to a 9-1 record that season, the best in Owls’ history. Grossman earned All-east honors and was invited to play in the North-South game. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent and helped them to win four Super Bowls – he caught a touchdown pass in Pittsburgh’s 21-17 victory over Dallas in Super Bowl X.
The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, located in Commack, New York, is dedicated to honoring Jewish athletes, coaches, broadcasters and others who have distinguished themselves in the world of sports, an area of accomplishment not often associated with the Jewish people.