Pittcraft Printing is well known for its partnerships with sports teams and college athletics. So it is of little surprise to learn that some Pittcraft team members were student athletes in the past. In fact, Pittcraft’s own Gene “Putzer” Dayton, one of the company owners, was recently inducted into the Kansas Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame.
Gene Dayton was the Shrine Bowl’s 1985 East MVP, who set a new rushing record that year. Gene played out of St. Mary’s Colgan High School in Pittsburg, KS and says the Shrine Bowl was "one of the most fun games he ever played in." Dayton continued with his gift in football at Coffeyville Community College. His Sophomore year he was voted All-American and led the nation in scoring. He also set the National Junior College single game scoring record with 7 touchdowns in a single game. He finished his college career at Arkansas State University, where he received a degree in business. Unfortunately Dayton’s rushing record didn’t hang around the Shrine Bowl for long, as NFL rushing legend Barry Sanders from Wichita, broke it the following year. Dayton still holds the record at Coffeyville for most points and touchdowns scored in a single game (42 points, 7 Touchdowns).
Gene is able to stay involved with the Kansas Shrine Bowl, as Pittcraft has printed the majority of the Shrine Bowl programs dating back to the inaugural game over 40 years ago. The Pittcraft Team is honored to have had a long-lasting relationship with the Kansas Shrine Bowl, and is very proud of Gene Dayton for becoming the newest member of the Kansas Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame!