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Halas, George (Stanley) “Papa Bear”

(1895–1983) football player, coach, owner, pioneer; born in Chicago. In 1920 he formed the Decatur (Ill.) Staleys, which was one of the 11 original teams in the newly founded American Professional Football Association. This became the National Football League (NFL) in 1922, the same year Halas moved his team to Chicago and renamed it the Bears. While coaching the team (1920–29) he played end; he returned as coach only for 1933–42, 1946–55 and 1958–68; during all those years the Bears won seven NFL championships and he amassed a league-record 325 coaching wins. He is credited with several innovations that led to modern football and for his sideline histrionics. He was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963 and he owned the Bears until his death.
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As much an institution in Chicago as the first Mayor Daley, Studs Terkel, Michael Jordan and George Halas, Ernie Banks was the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams.
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So, Chicago certainly has had its share of suffering--and celebration, lest we forget Michael Jordan and the Bulls NBA title run of six championships between 1991-98, or those great Bears teams of George Halas and, later, once the Super Bowl was in vogue, Buddy Ryan.
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It claimed the agreement expands a relationship between the airline and the Bears which dates back to team flights with Papa Bear George Halas and home games at Wrigley Field.
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From the archives we've created Coach Classic, articles by coaching luminaries such as George Halas, Adolph Rupp, Al Davis, Bill Walsh, Dick Vermeil, and Jeff Van Gundy, most written long before they became legends.
And yes, it's amazing that only head coaches are wise enough to create the cliches known as "coachspeak," the often-obscenity-strewn vocabulary that goes back to the days of Amos Alonzo Stagg and George Halas.
Of all NFL coaches, only Shula and the immortal George Halas attained 300 victories.
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Future scholars will have to rely on biographies, like those concerning George Halas or Jim Thorpe, or works done by journalists, like Tex Maule, in order to reconstruct the NFL's organizational efforts.