There were many great Bears who came along during the War Years. One of them was George Connor. Hall of Famer Connor was a native Chicagoan who attended De La Salle Institute (high school). Connor had played at Holy Cross, served in the Navy during the War, and then finished college at Notre Dame. Connor won the Outland Trophy in 1946, awarded to the best college football interior lineman in the United States by the Football Writers Association of America. Connor only wanted to play for the Chicago Bears. Connor played tackle and linebacker on the Bears from 1948-1955. He was an Adonis-like muscleman who starred on both offense and defense. According to Coach Halas: “He parlayed leadership and intelligence and fine ability into one of the great careers of our time!”
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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.