Mike Pyle was born in Keokuk, Iowa. At New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, his pursuits included football, wresting, and track-all of which he excelled. He was the heavyweight state wrestling champion in Illinois. He went to Yale University where he was an offensive lineman and captained the team to an undefeated season in 1960. Drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1961, Pyle played nine seasons at center for George Halas from 1961-1969. Pyle was named to the top 100 players in Bears history. He played at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds.

After his football career, he worked in broadcasting for WGN radio and took other media jobs on as well. In 1963, he was an All-Pro. He was a critical player for the 1963 Championship Bears.

Mike Pyle’s brother Palmer also played in the NFL as did his nephew Eric Kumerow and Eric’s son, Jake. Joey and Nick Bosa are also great nephews.

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