Inaugural Class (1963) of Pro Football Hall of Fame

George Halas of the Chicago Bears was in the inaugural class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On the HOF website, it lists the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; the Class that inaugurated the listing of legendary people of the NFL. The Class of 1963 is made up of individuals that deserve special attention for their early historic contributions to the game. The class includes 11 former players: Red Grange, Don Hutson, Dutch Clark, Bronko Nagurski, Mel Hein, Pete Henry, Cal Hubbard, Sammy Baugh, Johnny McNally, Ernie Nevers and Jim Thorpe. One founder/owner/coach (and player) is included: George Halas. Plus five owners/executives:  Curly Lambeau, Bert Bell, Joe Carr, Tim Mara and George Marshall.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame began on August 11, 1962, and it opened it doors on September 7, 1963.


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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Image: Bill Potter Illustration of Papa Bear, Copyright 2020, from cover of Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways.