George Musso, Hall of Fame lineman (Class of 1982), played with the Chicago Bears from 1933 to 1944. “Moose” was born in Collinsville, Illinois, a few miles east of Saint Louis. He attended Millikin College in Decatur. According to the National Italian American Hall of Fame, “during his college years, he had the distinction of being the only football player to go up against two future presidents: Ronald Reagan of Eureka College and Gerald Ford of the University of Michigan.” At 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, Musso was one of the most intimidating linemen on the Bears; he played both guard and tackle on offense and nose tackle on defense. He was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. He served as team captain for nine years. Musso was a 3-time Pro-Bowler and an All-Pro in 1937. Musso played on the Bears Championship teams in 1933, 1940, 1941, and 1943.
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.