Jimbo Covert

Covert was born in Conway, a small town in western Pennsylvania. He played football for the Freedom Area High School in Freedom, Pennsylvania, and then attended the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Covert started out as a defensive lineman and later moved to offensive tackle where he protected Dan Marino. Covert was a first-round selection of the Chicago Bears in the 1983 draft and started immediately at the important left tackle position.  Covert was 6-foot-4 and 277 pounds. He was part of the highly-effective offensive line that helped win 6 Division titles along with Super Bowl XX. Covert was a two-time All Pro and invited to 2 Pro Bowls. Covert played for 8 years–all for the Chicago Bears. Even great offensive lineman can get lost in all the attention that is given other positions on the field. But when faced the best defenders in football, they often had an “off day.”

Matt Suehy presented the former star left tackle for induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2020. At the induction ceremony, Covert extended his appreciation to many people and focused a little time on Ed McCaskey who Covert remembered for his humor and compassion.

He was named to the Top 100 Chicago Bears of All Time.

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. Author: Patrick McCaskey. 

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