Celebrity Heavy Hitters Gathering to Support Mike Ditka's Gridiron Greats

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  • Dallas, TX (1888PressRelease) January 29, 2011 - Putting real-life proof behind the saying that 'Everything is bigger in Texas,' Mike Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is gearing up to celebrate Super Bowl XLV with some of the hottest celebrities headed to Dallas at The Best Party in Texas. With celebrity hosts Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Carmen Electra and 1,000 guests, the star-studded Saturday, Feb. 5 charity event is aiming to be the most memorable party in Super Bowl history.

    Gridiron Greats partnered with Dallas businessman and author Jose Feliciano, The Best Party in Texas was designed to donate 100% of its proceeds to a selection of national and local charities. Among those recipients is GGAF, an organization whose mission is to provide medical and social services to retired National Football League (NFL) players in need.

    "Gridiron Greats is an organization that was formed to provide assistance for the men who made our careers possible, some at the cost of their own personal health," said GGAF Chairman and former NFL head coach Mike Ditka. "Its an honor to lend our hand to these men in need and rally our support during the most celebrated week in football."

    Bill Rancic from "The Apprentice," his wife Giuliana Rancic from "E! News and actress/model Carmen Electra will serve as hosts for night's festivities. Emerald City, the Kyle Turley Band, American Outlaw and DJ Krave will serve as headline entertainment. In addition, three-time Super Bowl Champions Bill Bates and Jay Novacek, Coach Mike Ditka and more than 70 of his Gridiron Greats, the Ultimate Cheerleaders, Aubrey O'Day of Danity Kane, and many more will be-on hand, including (but not limited to):

    Akin Ayodele - Buffalo Bills
    Amanda Davis -VH1 Football Wives
    Andre Reed - NFL Retiree
    Antonio Freeman - NFL Retiree
    Barry Sanders - NFL Detroit Lions
    Bernard Scott - Cincinnati Bengals
    Bobby Bell - NFL Hall of Famer
    Bobby Mitchell - NFL Hall of Famer
    Bradie James - Dallas Cowboys
    Brian Schottenheimer - New York Jets
    Carl Eller - NFL Hall of Famer
    Charles Godfrey - Carolina Panthers
    Chuck Foreman - NFL Retiree
    Chuck Mercein - NFL Retiree
    Chris Gronkowski - Dallas Cowboys
    Connor Barwin - Houston Texans
    Cover Girl models
    Dan Gronkowski - Denver Broncos
    Dave Robinson - NFL Retiree
    Dave Wilcox - NFL Hall of Famer
    DeAngelo Williams - Carolina Panthers
    Deji Karim - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Don Maynard - NFL Retiree
    Donald Jones - Buffalo Bills
    Doug Free - Dallas Cowboys
    Duane Brown - Houston Texans
    Dwight Clark - NFL Retiree
    Ebony Steele - Rickey Smiley Morning Show
    Elvin Bethea - NFL Hall of Famer
    Eric Green - NFL Retiree Pittsburgh Steelers
    Eric Williams - NFL Retiree
    Evander Holyfield - Heavyweight Champion
    Garo Yepremian - NFL Retiree
    Garrett Mills - Cincinnati Bengals
    Hayden Panettiere - Actress
    Ickey Woods - NFL Retiree
    Jack Youngblood - NFL Hall of Famer
    Jarvis Green - Houston Texans
    Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys
    Jeff Wright - NFL Retiree
    Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee)
    Jerome Felton - Detroit Lions
    Jessica Lowndes (90210)
    Joe DeLamielleure - NFL Hall of Famer
    Joe Saldi - NFL Retiree
    Joseph "Red" Bryan - Seattle Seahawks
    Justin Forsett - Seattle Seahawks
    Kellen Winslow - NFL Hall of Famer
    Ken Richters - Character Actor
    Kyle Turley - NFL Retired Saints, Rams, Chiefs
    La'Roi Glover - NFL Retiree
    Lamar Campbell - NFL Retiree
    Lem Barney - NFL Hall of Famer Lions
    Leroy Kelly - NFL Hall of Famer
    Marc Colombo - Dallas Cowboys
    Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks
    Martellus Bennett - Dallas Cowboys
    Marv Fleming - NFL Retiree
    Marv Levy - NFL Hall of Famer
    Matt Blum - Cover Girl Photographer
    Matthew JC and the AllStar Models
    Mel Renfro - NFL Hall of Famer
    "Mean Joe" Green - NFL Steelers Hall of Fame
    Michael Boley - New York Giants
    Michael Buffer - "Lets Get Ready to Rumble"
    Michael Irvin - NFL Hall of Famer
    Michael Merriweather - NFL Retiree
    Michael Trevino (Vampire Diaries)
    Tom Nowatzke - NFL Retiree Baltimore Colts
    Mike Hamlin - Jacksonville Jaguars
    Mike Lucci - NFL Retiree
    Nate Jones - Denver Broncos
    Quintin Smith - NFL Retiree
    Randy White - NFL Hall of Famer
    Reggie Smith - San Francisco 49ers
    Rennie Curran - Tennessee Titans
    Richard Johnson - NFL Retiree
    Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots
    Ron Jaworski - NFL Retiree/ESPN Analyst
    Ron Mix - NFL Hall of Famer
    Ron Widby - NFL Retiree
    Ruben Gonzalez - Olympian
    Scooter McGruder - NFL Retiree
    Spud Webb - NBA Retiree
    Steve Beuerlein - NFL Retiree
    Steve Johnson - Buffalo Bills
    Steve Largent - NFL Hall of Famer
    Terrell Thomas - New York Giants
    Tom Mack - NFL Hall of Famer
    Tony Dorsett - NFL Hall of Famer
    Visanthe Shiancoe - Minnesota Vikings
    Yancey Thigpen - NFL Retiree Pittsburgh Steelers
    William Floyd - NFL Retiree
    Mark Clayton - Dolphins/Packers

    The party will be at the premier entertaining center, the fabulous Embassy Suites Outdoor World in Grapevine. Fans looking to support worthy causes like Gridiron Greats and be a part of Super Bowl history should visit www.superbowldallas.org for information and tickets.

    About The GGAF
    The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund provides hands-on assistance and financial aid to help retired NFL players deal with some of the hardships they may encounter after football. Many of these players lack funds, disability coverage or pension benefits. Thus the GGAF focuses on the humanitarian side of these players, treating them with dignity, and addressing the post-football related issues in their lives. www.gridirongreats.org

    Feliciano Foundation www.josefelicianofoundation.org

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