On June 8, 2019, NFL veteran Elvis Grbac was inducted into the Sports Faith International Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. Sports Faith International is chaired by Chicago Bears Vice President Patrick McCaskey. The media initiative honors exceptional athletes, coaches and others who lead exemplary lives.
Born in 1970, Elvis Grbac would achieve success on the athletic fields and courts. His parents had immigrated to the United States from Croatia and settled in Northeast Ohio. There Grbac played basketball and football at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland—the alma mater of several great athletes.
Grbac played football at the University of Michigan under legendary coaches Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller. Grbac was starting quarterback in 1990 when he led the Wolverines to a co-Big Ten Championship that year. Grbac was the quarterback for Desmond Howard’s Heisman Trophy season in 1991 and Grbac played through 1993.
Grbac was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers who immediately went on to win the Super Bowl XXIX. The 6-foot-5 Grbac served as backup quarterback to Steve Young from 1994-1996. He moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs and led them to their fourth AFC West Division championship in the 1998 season. In 2000, he was named to the Pro Bowl after he passed for 4,169 yards, 28 touchdowns and had a passer rating of 89.9. Grbac finished his pro career with the Ravens in 2001.
After the pros, Grbac moved back to Ohio. He is studying for a Master’s Degree in Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary. Grbac is a popular faith and motivational speaker. He is deeply involved in the church and teaches youth catechesis. Grbac also found time to serve as quarterback coach for St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and he was recently named new Director of Marianist Urban Students Program and head football coach at his high school alma mater Saint Joseph—now Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.