Inductees Ed Sutter grew up with a football. The five-year National Football League veteran is part of a multi-talented football family that includes father Ken and brothers Ken Jr., and Dan.
Wherever he played, Ed Sutter was a standout -- at Richwoods High School, at Northwestern University and with five NFL teams.
A fierce linebacker, he made all-conference and all-state teams at Richwoods and was a second team prep all-American.
Moving on to Northwestern, where his brother Dan also was a standout linebacker, Ed Sutter led the Big Ten in tackles in 1990, was the second leading tackler in Northwestern history and was second team all-Big Ten. He was Northwestern's most valuable player in 1990 and 1992.
Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 1992, he eventually wound up with the Cleveland Browns and played in 15 games in 1993, and 16 in each of the next two seasons.
He appeared in 16 games with Baltimore in 1996 after the Browns became the Ravens and ended his career in 1997 with the Atlanta Falcon.
Ed Sutter grew up with a football. The five-year National Football League veteran is part of a multi-talented football family that includes father Ken and brothers Ken Jr., and Dan.
Larry Leitner was among the state's elite officials for more than 40 years, officiating high school, college and professional sporting events from 1960 through 2003 and he remains involved in sports by serving on the board of directors for the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament, as well as evaluating current officials and moderating IHSA rules clinics.
Among his officiating highlights, Leitner worked more IHSA basketball and football tournament games than any official in the state's history, earning 27 consecutive boys basketball regional assignments. He also worked the IHSA boys basketball state finals in 1973, 1974 and 1976, including the 1976 championship game, and three IHSA football finals, including the first-ever 2A state championship game in 1974. A charter member of the Gateway Conference officiating crew in 1988, Leitner was part of the crew that officiated the 1990 and 1993 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals and he served as an associate official for the Big Ten Conference from 1984-88.
Leitner also was called upon to officiate two IESA state championship games, the 1990 National Catholic Basketball finals, three Shriner All-Star football games and the 1980 IBCA All-Star Classic, while also working for two seasons in the Midwest Professional Football League.
Leitner is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Peoria Officials and Bloomington/Normal Officials Halls of Fame.