Ron Jaworski hosts annual charity event and gives advice to Super Bowl quarterbacks
LOS ANGELES- Former NFL star Ron Jaworski helped organize the Ditka & Jaws Cigars with the Stars event on Thursday night in Los Angeles to help raise money for his foundations and those of former coach Mike Ditka.
While Ditka was unable to attend the event due to illness, Jaworski enlisted the help of sports broadcaster Mike Golic at the event. The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was raising money for his Jaws Youth Playbook Foundation, and Golic helped raise money for Ditka’s Gridiron Greats.
“It’s spectacular,” Jaworski told Fox News Digital about people coming out to support the cause. “Coach Ditka and I have been doing this for 13 years. It’s kind of a passion for us now. Coach has raised money for Gridiron Greats, his favorite charity for struggling former players and my Jaws Foundation Playbook who is also the other beneficiary and we just like to do that…and we’re going to have a tremendous response we thought in this COVID era we have about 1,000 people tonight outside who have fun, and we get great support from our brothers in the football industry.”
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The Jaws Youth Playbook aims to help improve the health and well-being of at-risk youth in Philadelphia. The foundation works to inspire young people to make healthy choices and supports programs that promote positive youth health and wellness initiatives.
Gridiron Greats is focused on trying to get medical and other types of assistance for those who have played the game, including “travel costs for medical evaluations and surgeries, dental assistance, l housing assistance, financial assistance for utilities, medications and coordination of services for food and other daily necessities.
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As cigar smoke wafted through the air and fans battled Los Angeles traffic to get to the event, Jaworski said it was great to see the city truly immerse itself in the NFL experience leading at Super Bowl LVI.
“I’ll tell you, it’s brilliant. I haven’t been in the stadium yet. I can’t wait to see this. But when I played here with the Rams, we were in the old Coliseum, it’s It was a little different in the ’70s. There seems to be a reinvigoration of Rams football again. There’s a lot of alumni buzz, and you’ve got guys talking about this team at the Super Bowl,” he said.
Jaworski also gave advice to Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford before their match.
“Quarterbacks I’ve dealt with and myself playing in a Super Bowl and guys I’ve talked to who’ve won and lost to a lot of guys, with (Tom) Brady winning a lot … Sometimes what happens when you enter a game like this, you try to win it on your own, and you can’t do that. Everybody wants to win,” he said. told Fox News Digital.
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“For example, the first Super Bowl pass I threw in Super Bowl XV was intercepted. It was a play I had seen 20 times during the season. My tight end (John) Spagnola n wasn’t open I should have checked it down but I wanted to win so badly so I made a mistake and threw an interception Let the game come to you that’s what I tell the young guys Maybe at the end of the game you are forced to make a play, other than that just manage the game properly Don’t make mistakes.