Joey Sternaman was the younger brother of Dutch Sternaman, the partner of George Halas in the early days of pro football. Joey Sternaman was born in Springfield, Illinois, attended Springfield High School and the University of Illinois. He played quarterback for nine seasons for the Chicago Bears with a portion of the 1923 season with the Duluth Kelleys as player-coach. He was only 5-foot-6 and 135 pounds, but was strong and athletic. He inspired others. Sternaman was a gifted play-maker and defender. Sternaman would also kick for the Bears. He would go down in football history as one of the greatest early  pros.  Unfortunately, Sternaman joined the Bears just after their first championship and retired just before their 1932 and 1933 NFL Championships.

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