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Former Pitt Star Louis Riddick to Serve as Keynote Speaker at 2023 Kickoff Luncheon



Pitt alumni Louis Riddick.

It’s hard to keep Louis Riddick away from his alma mater even with his many responsibilities for ESPN.

Riddick, who fills a variety of media roles at ESPN and is in the broadcast booth for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, will once again serve as the keynote speaker at the Pitt Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 25 — reprising the duty he served in 2018.

“Excited to welcome home a proud Pitt man and one of the nation’s greatest football broadcasters,” Pitt Football wrote on Twitter.

Riddick arrived at Pitt in 1987, starting his career as a running back before switching to defensive back during the last two seasons of his Pitt career. He recorded 175 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards as a freshman before racking up four interceptions in the 1989-90 seasons.

He was named a first-team AP All-East honoree and thrived in the classroom, twice named an Academic All-American.

The Atlanta Falcons selected Riddick with the 248th pick (ninth round) of the 1991 NFL Draft, and he would spend seven seasons in the NFL with the Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.

In 94 games, making eight starts, Riddick recorded 155 tackles (68 solo), two sacks and recovered a fumble.

Following his playing days, Riddick has worked in the front office for the Washington Commanders and Philadelphia Eagles — serving as a scout and director of player personnel at both stops — and he has worked at ESPN since 2013.

Part of Riddick’s duties at ESPN included him calling Pitt’s 38-31 win over West Virginia in the revival of the Backyard Brawl last September.

Pitt’s Football Kickoff Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 25 at the Pittsburgh Westin Hotel, set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

A single ticket is $60, and a table of 10 can be purchased for $550.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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