|George Halas in Uniform|
Halas loved the fans and was dedicated to his friends, family, and faith. On Thursday, December 10, 1981, Halas appeared before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., with Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabue. He explained how the NFL was like a wheel: The league was the rim and the teams were the spokes. If you have a weak spoke, you have a weak wheel. That’s why the teams with the worst records get to draft first. That’s why the league schedules the games instead of the strong teams just playing each other. That’s why the teams share the television money equally.
Halas and a small group of men developed the framework for professional football in the most humble circumstances—a meeting in a car showroom in Canton, Ohio. It took decades to make it work. No one worked as hard or as long as Halas. He never really retired from football. Any awards and honors that came his way would take place during his “career.”
When he received the Sword of Loyola at the Conrad Hilton, he said:
Sixty years ago I offered my heart and my helmet to the Lord. My heart is still beating and my helmet still fits. I pray the Divine Coach finds me worthy to be on His first team.
Copyright 2014, Sporting Chance Press. This post is taken from Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships by Patrick McCaskey--available at Burghardt's Sporting Goods in Wisconsin, a growing number of select stores in Illinois such as Lake Forest Book Store, Millikin College Bookstore, C & A Inspirations in Champaign, Love Christian Center in Kankakee, the Little Way in Crystal Lake, St. Anne's Gift Shop in Orland Park, the Christian Shop in Palatine, and more. The book can be bought online as well on Amazon.