Jim Dooley was born in Stoutsville, Missouri. He attended Miami Senior High School and the University of Miami. Dooley was a first round selection of the Bears in 1952. He was on the Bears roster from 1952-1954 and then from 1956-1961. He was in the Air Force in 1955-1956, but came back to the Bears at the end of the 1956 season. Dooley was 6-foot-4 and 198 pounds.  He played defensive back his first year and then played end and flanker–he was fast and he created innovative moves in his passing patterns. He had 211 receptions for 3,172 yards for the Bears.  After his retirement from playing, he coached for the Bears from 1962-1989 but not consistently–he took a 1 year assignment in 1972 as assistant coach for the Bills and then came back to the Bears in 1981. For the Bears he held various assistant coaching positions; he was head coach from 1968-1971.

Prior to the start of the 1968 season, Halas retired from coaching after 40 seasons.  Jim Dooley took over as head coach in 1968 and the Bears posted a 7–7 record, which was followed by a 1–13 season in 1969—the worst in Bears’ history.  Dooley’s Bears followed with 6–8 seasons in 1970 and 1971.  Dooley’s tenure was marked by tremendous highs and lows with key injuries often mixed with remarkable performances.  It was during Dooley’s head coaching years that Gale Sayers injured one knee, rehabilitated, recovered, gained over 1,000 yards, and then injured his other knee to effectively end his career.  Dick Butkus played at a high level throughout the period regardless of his team’s lack of success and in spite of his own injuries.  It was also during Dooley’s head coaching career that Brian Piccolo was diagnosed with cancer one season and then died from the disease the next.

 

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