Monday, December 22, 2014

Pillars of the NFL Characters: Dick Plasman

In our Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships we cover the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Close to home, is George Halas, the father of the NFL and the Bears.  In Pillars, we also include a little on the coaches players and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.  


Dick Plasman was an excellent end who personified toughness and played with reckless abandon.  In addition to his “take no prisoners” style of play, Plasman was the last man to play without a football helmet in the NFL.  In a Bears-Packers game in Wrigley Field in 1938, he ran into the Wrigley Field wall at the end of the short end zone.  Some described the laceration Plasman received as a scalping, but he recovered and continued to play that season.  Plasman went into the service during World War II.  When Plasman returned to play ball after the war, he donned the newly required, no-exceptions, protective helmet like everyone else.  

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