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St. Francis (Ill.) - Fri, Sep. 7, 2012

JOLIET, Ill. – Jim McMahon, quarterback of the Chicago Bears' Super Bowl XX championship team, will be the featured speaker at University of St. Francis' 36th Annual Brown & Gold Night on Thursday, October 18, at the Patrick J. Sullivan Recreation Center in Joliet.

McMahon burst into the national spotlight playing quarterback for Brigham Young University and setting 70 NCAA records. He was drafted fifth overall in the 1982 National Football League Draft by the Chicago Bears and went on to become one of the most interesting and controversial stars to ever play in the NFL. His personal style, on and off the field, drew the attention of global corporations such as Coca-Cola, Boost Mobile, Honda, Kraft, Adidas, Taco Bell and Burger King, among others.

McMahon played 15 seasons in the NFL with Chicago as well as San Diego, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Arizona, Cleveland and Green Bay, accumulating two Super Bowl rings, a Pro Bowl appearance and Comeback Player of the Year Award – all establishing him as one of the most recognizable figures in sports.

Today McMahon resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his girlfriend, Laurie, and spends his time golfing in numerous charity events throughout the year. He is an Ambassador to St. Jude Children's Hospital and The Wounded Warrior Project. He also started a non-profit for literacy, The Lynda McMahon Memorial Foundation for Literacy, in memory of his late sister.

McMahon joins an impressive list of Chicago professional sports greats to have served as the featured speaker at the Brown & Gold event. That list includes the Chicago Blackhawks' Denis Savard (2011), Chicago Cubs' Fergie Jenkins (2008), and Chicago Bears' Mike Ditka (1982, 2007) and Dick Butkus (1980).

Other notable speakers at past Brown & Gold events were longtime Marquette University basketball coach and network television analyst Al McGuire (1977, 1987), basketball coaching legend John Wooden (1978), two-time Super Bowl MVP Bart Starr (1994), former DePaul coaching legend Ray Meyer (1979), college baseball's all-time winningest coach and USF's own Gordie Gillespie (1996), and Olympic wrestler and coach Dan Gable (2002).

The annual fundraiser begins with a cash bar at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m.  The event will also include a silent auction.

Tickets priced at $50 per person and reserved tables for $500 can be purchased by contacting the St. Francis athletics department at 815-740-3842.