The early pro football players were remarkable men. They got paid by the game. They typically managed “second jobs” and they had none of the comforts of even high school athletes today. Most played both sides of the field and many played every minute of the game.
All-American Hugh Blacklock was a solid 6-foot, 220 pounds athlete from Michigan State who played college football and competed in track and field as well. Blacklock was a contemporary of George Halas who played with him on the Great Lakes “Blue Jackets” Navy Team during World War I. He was one of the first stars signed by Halas. Blacklock played tackle and kicked on the Staleys/Bears from 1920-1925. Blacklock was an All Pro and played on the Staleys’ Championship team in 1921.
New Sporting Chance Press Football Book for Youth:
PAPA BEAR AND THE CHICAGO BEARS’ WINNING WAYS reviews the exciting story of George Halas and his dynamic role in professional football for those in middle school and older. Halas who was present in the first days of the National Football League (NFL) all the way into the modern age of football. Author Patrick McCaskey, a Chicago Bears Vice President and Director, is a grandson of Papa Bear George Halas. McCaskey highlights his grandfather’s life with key events from the 20th century. McCaskey follows Halas as a student, athlete, soldier, coach, team owner—a man of commerce and community. Halas’s 20th century path is laid out before readers.