Tuesday, September 30, 2014

So You Think You Know the Bears? Take this Quiz!

Here's a Sporting Chance Press Quiz on the Bears inspired by the Halas Chapter from our Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships


 Name the players described.

1.  This Hall of Fame lineman played from 1933 to 1944 and at 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds was one of the most intimidating Bears.  He attended Millikin College in Decatur where he was on the track team and played football, baseketball, and baseball

2.  Red Grange said he was "the meanest, toughest man alive" and according to a writer's quote in this man's Hall of Fame biography,  he was strongly disliked in every city in the NFL with the exception of Green Bay and Rock Island.  In those places "he was hated." 

3. When the Bears had to stop a powerful Philadelphia Eagles running attack in 1949, this agile and fast 6-foot-3 and 240 pound tackle from Notre Dame was moved to linebacker by Halas and staff.  His success there helped establish a larger prototype for that position.

4. One of the most elusive runners in NFL history, this halfback played for the Bears from 1957-1963.  He was known for making quick movements in any direction—even backwards—to allude tacklers.  Once he had an opening, he would head towards the goal while accelerating at uncatchable speeds. Tragically, he was killed in a auto accident with a teammate during training camp, 1964.

5. Left guard from the Bears 1963 championship team who was one of the three brothers who were all professional football players.  Returned to "civilian life" as a junior high school football coach and PE teacher. 

6. This  Bear fullback from the 1960s  played for four short seasons before illness struck, but he left a legacy of courage with the Bears and the NFL.  Cancer ended his career in 1969 and his life in 1970 at age 26. 

7. Great fullback from Roseland neighborhood of Chicago who attended CVS high school and the University of Illinois. 

8. One of Halas's last great personnel moves was hiring this great Bear to coach the team in 1982.

9. Quarterback-kicker who had remarkable long career with three NFL teams: Bears, Oilers, and Raiders.

10. Younger brother of Halas's partner who played quarterback for the Bears  in the 1920s although he was a just 5-foot-6 and 152 pounds.


big man from little Millikin College starred in football, basketball, baseball, and track. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=159#sthash.1Qf8tnBx.dpuf
big man from little Millikin College starred in football, basketball, baseball, and track. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=159#sthash.1Qf8tnBx.dpuf

1.  George Musso was the Hall of Fame lineman who played from 1933 to 1944 at 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds. 

2. George Trafton was not well-liked by opponents.

3.  George Connor was the agile and fast lineman who converted to linebacker and convinced many that the position could be played by a larger man.

 4. Willie Gallimore was the beloved half back who was lost in a tragic car accident along with teammate John Farrington in August, 1964.  The Bears were deeply affected by the loss that followed their 1963 championship season. 

5. Ted Karras was the Bear with two NFL brothers from the famous 1963 Championship team.  His brothers Lou and Alex also played professional football.  Ted’s brother Alex is the most remembered of the brothers; He parlayed his football experience into an acting and sports broadcasting career.  But Alex’s Detroit Lions teams never won the championship during his tenure.

6.  Brian Piccolo was the 1960s Bears fullback who died from cancer. His story of courage and his relationship with teammate Gale Sayers was made into the movie Brian's Song of 1971 and remade in 2001.  His wife Joy created and continued an association with  the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research fund that has been raising money to fight the disease since shortly after Piccolo's death. 

7. Many believe that Dick Butkus represents Bears football better than anyone else who ever played the game.  His south side Chicago blue color  upbringing in Roseland has also been an inspiration to fans.   

8. Halas hired "da coach" Mike Ditka in 1982 and he did not let Papa Bear down.  He fought tooth and nail to develop the Bears into the Super Bowl caliber team that became the  1985 season champions and remained a  strong team throughout the rest of the 1980s.  

9. George Blanda was the ageless wonder who served the Bears in the first decade of his career from 1949-1958. 

10.  Joey Sternaman was an excellent quarterback who played seven seasons for the Bears in the 1920s.  He was the brother of Dutch Sternaman. 

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