2018 President’s Letter

Mike Pereira at Pasadena Quarterbacks

Mike Pereira, Rules Analyst, Fox Sports and former President of NFL Referees at Pasadena Quarterbacks October 2017

Huddle up Quarterbacks and fans!

The 2018 football season is drawing closer, so it’s time to unveil The Quarterbacks’ game plan for the new season.

Venue: It’s back to The University Club of Pasadena with its highly popular buffet and top-notch accommodations. Unfortunately, inflation blitzed the University Club, which they passed on to us. The member price for each lunch will be $28, up from $25 last season. For non-members and guests, the tab will be $33; the same increase as for members. Generous Quarterbacks sponsors will cover the valet parking.

Speakers: Thanks to Coach Harvey Hyde, we’re off and running with a first-rate lineup of speakers. These include USC Coach Clay Helton, who will again kick off the season on August 31; UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero on September 14; Jake Olson, the blind long snapper for USC who was recently nominated to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, will join us on October 5; a special program on November 2 featuring “Rose Bowl Day”, with a group of speakers to describe the operations and future of “The Granddaddy of the Them All”, a return visit from L.A. Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke on November 9; and the annual USC vs. UCLA “Great Rivalry Week” on November 16 with Harvey Hyde and beat writers from the L.A. Times and the Pasadena Star News.

Our program on September 21 is a return to a format that for so many years characterized our meetings: speakers from one of the visiting teams in town to play either USC or UCLA. The Washington State Cougars will be in town that Friday evening to take on the Trojans, providing us with the opportunity to feature their Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director. We hope to add a speaker from the Utah athletic department for our program on October 26, when the Utes are in town to face the Bruins, also on a Friday evening.

Other commitments include the Los Angeles Rams, USC Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, and L.A. Times sports columnist and NFL expert Sam Farmer, with the specific dates for these speakers still to be determined.

As has been our tradition, most meetings also will include a coach and player from one or more of our local high schools.

Stay tuned as we complete our speaker lineup, click here to view updates and print a schedule.

Sponsors: We are especially pleased to announce a full lineup of sponsors for the upcoming season. To top it off, we have a sponsor for the entire season, Sharp Seating Company of Pasadena (think Rose Parade)—thank you Sindee and Steve Riboli. Also included in our lineup are sponsors for our major activities: each of our 12 meetings, meals for our attending high school coaches and players, the “quick picks” for forecasting the outcome of the following week’s selected college and high school games and parking. Click here to see a complete listing of our sponsors.

Membership: The prices for our three membership packages will remain unchanged: $75 for a Basic Annual Membership, $375 for a Season Pass Membership, and $475 for a Gold Club Membership. Click here to download an application and join today.

Other Features:
Once our speaker schedule is completed, we will hold an online auction for the “Empty Chair”, whereby the highest bidder for each meeting will be seated at the head table next to our speaker for that meeting. This auction will be held well before the first meeting, with details to follow.

And, as always, there will be donated prizes at the end of each meeting, including tickets to upcoming UCLA and USC home games. We will include a listing of all our donors of these prizes here on our website.

Hoping to build on last year’s success, our goals for this season are a Club membership of 100 and total season attendance of at least 1,000. Our speakers, venue and food should put these goals well within our reach! Please forward this email on to interested family, friends and colleagues and encourage them to join.

I look forward to seeing all of you for our 2018 season beginning on August 31st. Please remember to support our sponsors.

Jim Gruettner, President
Pasadena Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks’ Brick at Rose Bowl

Did you know that your Pasadena Quarterbacks purchased ‘a brick’ as our contribution to the Rose Bowl upgrade? Here’s what it looks like:


You can check it out in person: The brick is located at Gate “A” (the main south entrance to the stadium), at the northwest corner of the brick garden. Look for the City of Pasadena section. Our brick is in the bottom row, and under the word City.

A fitting tribute to the City, Rose Bowl, and our presence in both.