Ed Healey was a former Dartmouth player who played for the Rock Island Independents in the earliest days of pro football. Healy was as tough as nails and much admired by George Halas when they met on the field. In the first NFL trade, Halas acquired Healy from Rock Island owner Walter Flanigan for the cancellation of $100 debt. According to Halas in his autobiography, Halas by Halas, Healey would become a “lifetime firm friend.” The Hall of Fame tackle, played for the Bears from 1922-1927. Healey was a player who seemed to be all over the field. Coach Halas praised him for his versatility and acquired him for his rugged play. Healey was a first-team All Pro five times. Healy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame via the Class of 1964.
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.