He parlayed his football talents at Fort Wayne, Ind. Central as a stepping stone to get him into Notre Dame. There as an Irish gridder Steve Sitko performed during the 1937 through '39 seasons for Head Coach Elmer Layden of "Four Horsemen" fame. Sitko, a quarterback, helped the Irish compile a 6-2-1 record in 1937 and 8-1 season in 1938 when the Irish were national champions. While winning seven of nine games in 1939, Sitko played well enough to earn All-American honors and play in both the East- West Shrine Game and the 1940 College All-Star in Chicago. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company brought Steve to Akron in 1941 where he played basketball for the Wingfoots. In later years, Sitko helped reorganize the Bantam Football League, where he coached Hall of Famer Tom Pagna.