Hunk Anderson was born in Calumet Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. He attended Calumet High School and then went on to Notre Dame. He played from 1922-1925. Anderson was a guard/center/kicker who joined the Bears just a few years into the franchise in 1922. When his playing days ended, he became one of the most innovative coaches in football. He had played for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame. He was an assistant for Rockne when the great head coach was killed in a plane crash. He coached at Saint Louis University, Notre Dame, NC State, and Michigan. He was an assistant on the Lions and then returned to the Bears. Anderson was an industrious man, maintaining a super-human schedule, all the while making his mark in football history. His blocking techniques and schemes helped modernize the game. He helped make the modified T Formation the most powerful game-changing formation and strategy in the late 1930s-early 1940s. He was also creative on defense and was an early advocate of the “blitz.” Anderson co-coached the Bears with Luke Johnsos winning the 1943 NFL Championship when George Halas had returned to the Navy in World War II.
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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