Revie Sorey (born September 10, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former professional American football player who played offensive lineman for nine seasons for the Chicago Bears.
Revie had an interest in the well being of youth that dated back before he earned national recognition as an all-Pro lineman with the Chicago Bears. He accepted the role of leader and role model early on in life, serving as a youth corp leader, and gaining the distinction of Eagle Scout during his high school days in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of New York City.
He continued his role as leader and role model for others throughout his days at the University of Illinois, his nine-year career with the Chicago Bears, and his post-playing career. His career included top management positions in sales, marketing and fund raising. He always envisioned that he would someday be a driving force molding the lives of others by way of a counseling career.
In addition, he acted as Director of the Hammond Boys and Girls Club for four years. He was also committed to helping and advancing physically and mentally challenged youth and adults in his position as Director of Special Olympics Chicago. He then became the Director of Educational Services for the Ada S. McKinley Community Services, a full social service organization that has national presence. His job was to find educational opportunities at colleges and universities throughout the United States for at risk youth. He was responsible for counseling 2,000 students annually and ran a successful college placement division. He raised millions of dollars in grants as a major part of his job.
Revie enjoyed being a very visible member of the Chicagoland community. He was always ready and willing to participate in charity work that benefited youth from all walks of life. He particularly enjoyed speaking at hospitals, service organizations, schools, and charity events. He strived to demonstrate that life holds great promise through hard work and determination.
He took pleasure in a being a dedicated family man with varied interests, including music, physical fitness, chess and movies.
Revie’s charitable interests included United Way, for which he did the first NFL commercial, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Celebrity Auctioneer for the Michael Jordan Golf Outing, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Carmelite Home for Abused and Abandoned Children, Boy Scouts of America, and Special Olympics.
Revie’s past recognitions include Captain of the University of Illinois Football Team, All-Pro NFL selection 1977-1979, United Way Man of the Year and Honorary Director of Les Turner ALS Foundation, University of Illinois All Century Football Team, and his high school’s greatest honor, the Legends of the High Award from Boys High School in Brooklyn.
In 1981, Revie and his partner, Anita Efron, formed Innovative Concepts, Inc, a corporation that handled endorsements, appearances and autograph signings for pro athletes, and hosted charity and motivational events. For 27 years they hosted The Revie Sorey All Pro Football Camp, an instructional football camp for boys, and The Revie Sorey Celebrity Classic, a nationally recognized racquetball tournament. Revie received his Master’s in Social Work from Dominican University.
Suzy, his wife of 20 years, passed away in April 2011. He has one son, Trace.
Revie suffered a debilitating stroke in March, 2012.
By Dean Hanley
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