The Gridiron Club

The John Carroll University Football Gridiron Club (formerly the Captains Club) was established in 2012 and is dedicated to celebrating the program, its sons and rich history. The Club is headed up by those men who were chosen by their teammates to lead years ago – the team captains or former players willing to take on this leadership post today and into the future. The focus of the group is social, historical and of general support for the Blue Streak football program.

We invite the team captain(s) or interested members of each senior football class to serve as the point of contact for his group of seniors. The JCU Office of Alumni Relations and the coaching staff provides assistance with outreach, making it easier to connect with former teammates through the years. Gridiron Club leaders have the option of creating their own newsletters, Facebook pages or general email threads while the alumni relations website offers a homepage with player listings, iconic archived photos and updates. The hope is that former players will rekindle their ties and interest with the program and the University, that this contact would be regular, natural, and mainly about participation and engagement. This initiative provides an opportunity to build an organization that will live on, one where no one will be forgotten, one in which history will be preserved and one on which the coaching staff can rely for assistance and support.

Please join your former coaches and the many former captains and team representatives already involved.

Contact Dave Vitatoe ’00, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and football alumnus, at or 216.397.1984 if you would like to become involved with the Gridiron Club or connect with your former teammates.


Bill O’Brien ’81 (Captain of the 1980 Blue Streaks)