George Trafton

Hall of Famer George Trafton was a 6-foot-2, 230 pound bull who loved to mix it up.  Hated by opposing teams for his aggressive play and loved by his teammates for his winning contributions, Trafton played center for the Staleys/Bears right from the start, 1920-1932 (except took year off in 1922 to assist at Northwestern). Certainly, one of the best quotes on an early player was about the Bears’ great center: “Trafton was strongly disliked in every NFL city, with the exception of Green Bay and Rock Island. In those places he was hated.” (Robert W. Pearson, Pigskin, the Early Years of Pro Football.)  Trafton was a 2-time All-Pro and played for the 1921 Chicago Staleys Championship Team.

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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