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PILLARS OF THE NFL: COACHES WHO HAVE WON THREE OR MORE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pillars of the NFL examines the football lives of the legendary coaches who hoisted the game upon their shoulders and won the most NFL Championships. Who were these men? How did they succeed? Some toiled in the early days of professional football and some later, but all made vital contributions. The NFL pillars took the weight of their teams on their shoulders in a way that allowed light to shine on players and fans—creating the greatest game in sports history. ...more



SPORTS AND FAITH: MORE STORIES OF THE DEVOTED AND THE DEVOUT — BOOK 2
Sports and Faith: More Stories of the Devoted and the Devout - Book 2 is a personal chronicle of Chicago Bears Senior Director Patrick McCaskey that looks back at decades of spiritual enrichment and life lessons from athletes, coaches, religious and everyday people. McCaskey recalls the stories of those who strived to make the cut on and off the field—plus people who left comfortable lives to serve the underserved in extraordinary ways. ...more



SPORTS AND FAITH: STORIES OF THE DEVOTED AND THE DEVOUT
Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout is a personal chronicle of Chicago Bears Senior Director Patrick McCaskey that looks back at decades of spiritual enrichment and life lessons from athletes, coaches, religious and everyday people. ...more



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Bears' Trivia Questions with Answers by Patrick McCaskey



1. Which Bear guard complained to me at the dedication of the Loyola University Chicago George Halas Junior Sports Center about how difficult it was to receive a five dollar raise from my grandfather, George Halas, and promptly received five dollars from me? When was the George Halas Junior Sports Center dedicated?

2. Which Bear halfback slept in Mussolini’s bed the night before VE Day?

3. When George Halas was coaching the Bears, what did the players have to do at the start of training camp?

4. Which Bear quarterback used to do milk advertisements in the 1950s Bear programs?

5. Which Bear halfback used to sing “Volare” after training camp practices at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana?

6. Which Bear quarterback could find a four leaf clover at the drop of a chin strap? What did it mean?

7. When was the white “C” put on the Bear helmets? When was it changed to an orange “C”?

8. What are the nine Bear championship seasons?

9. What are the 14 Bear retired numbers?

10. Which Bears have had their numbers retired but are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Bears' Questions with Answers


1. Which Bear guard complained to me at the dedication of the Loyola University Chicago George Halas Junior Sports Center about how difficult it was to receive a five dollar raise from my grandfather, George Halas, and promptly received five dollars from me? Doctor Joe Kopcha. When was the George Halas Junior Sports Center dedicated? September 2, 1982

2. Which Bear halfback slept in Mussolini’s bed the night before VE Day? Don Kindt

3. When George Halas was coaching the Bears, what did the players have to do at the start of training camp? Run the Halas Mile

4. Which Bear quarterback used to do milk advertisements in the 1950s Bear programs? Ed Brown

5. Which Bear halfback used to sing “Volare” after training camp practices at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana? Vic Zucco

6. Which Bear quarterback could find a four leaf clover at the drop of a chin strap? Bill Wade. What did it mean? That the Bears would have a good workout.

7. When was the white “C” put on the Bear helmets? 1962. When was it changed to an orange “C”? 1973.

8. What are the nine Bear championship seasons? 1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963, 1985

9. What are the 14 Bear retired numbers?

3 Bronko Nagurski

5 George McAfee

7 George Halas

28 Willie Galimore

34 Walter Payton

40 Gale Sayers

41 Brian Piccolo

42 Sid Luckman

51 Dick Butkus

56 Bill Hewitt

61 Bill George

66 Bulldog Turner

77 Red Grange

89 Mike Ditka


10. Which Bears have had their numbers retired but are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Willie Galimore and Brian Piccolo










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