Bill George played the middle guard position when he joined the Bears in 1952. On pass plays, the middle guard would make contact with the offensive center and then drop back and cover. George decided that on a passing play, he would drop back before the play was underway. In this way he was able to fill the space better and disrupt the shortest of passes in the middle. Essentially, George’s middle guard position morphed into the middle linebacker position. Hall of Famer George had all the skills to cover a huge part of the field, defend against the pass and the run, pursue plays to the outside, and play with an aggression and force that became the prototype for others who followed him at Middle Linebacker—Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and Brian Urlacher. Bill George played for the Bears from 1952-1965 during which time he was an 8-time First Team All-Pro and was named to 8 Pro Bowls. George was part of the 1963 Championship team. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. This Monster of the Midway is numbered among the 100 Greatest Bears in Franchise History.
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.
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