Nicknames are a part of sports. In some cases, a connection to some group may have elicited excitement from fans and the press. In other cases, it might drag a player down and make it difficult for a player to be judged on his play alone. William Beattie “Big Chief” Feathers was of Native American Heritage. In his college days playing football at the University of Tennessee, he was named All-American in football.

In his first year with the Bears in 1934, 25-year old halfback Beattie Feathers became the first player to rush for over 1,000 yards.  It was a mark that got Feathers little notice at the time, but grew in significance as time passed. Feathers  benefited from exceptional blocking by the Bears fullback, Bronko Nagurski. In the 11th game of the season against the Chicago Cardinals, Feathers shoulder was injured on a hit that ended his play for the year. Still, he had rushed for over 1,000 yards in his abbreviated 11-game season. His injury was difficult to overcome and some believe that it kept him from having a Hall of Fame career. Feathers played for the Bears through the 1937 season. Besides halfback, Feathers played safety for the Bears.

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. 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. PAPA BEAR AND THE CHICAGO BEARS’ WINNING WAYS includes some of the coach’s important words of wisdom that young people need today to achieve success. These “winning ways” are used in exercises that were originally devised by Ben Franklin that readers will find helpful and interesting. A glossary, special exercises, a quiz and discussion questions help readers expand their interest and learning experiences. Readers are taken on a short journey through history that helps them expand their understanding of our world. The book introduces Halas quotes and the methods of one of America’s founding fathers and original self-help gurus, Ben Franklin.