Doug Atkins was born in Humbolt, Tennessee, and attended Humbolt High School. He attended the University of Tennessee on a basketball scholarship, but was persuaded to play football. He had a long professional football career and is best remembered for his time with the Chicago Bears.
Hall of Famer Doug Atkins was a giant defensive end for his era at 6-foot-8 and 257 pounds—a true Monster of the Midway. Atkins posed the greatest challenge to offensive lines and quarterbacks. Having a track and basketball background, he could leap over blockers, extend his arms to control large swaths of running lanes, and block passes from heights unseen. The toughest of men on the field, Atkins was also tough to coach, but Halas managed the big man very well from 1955-1966. Atkins played on the Bears 1963 Championship Team. This Monster of the Midway is numbered among the 100 Greatest Bears in Franchise History. He was an All Pro in 1963 and invited to the Pro Bowl 8 times. He played 1953-1954 in Cleveland including the Browns 1954 Championship team. After the Bears, he played for the New Orleans Saints for their first three franchise seasons, 1967-1969.
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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