By Chris Willis
First up is Mr. Papa Bear himself-—George Halas.
In 1939 Halas selected his 6 greatest players he had ever seen. It was a Mount Rushmore of the early stars of the NFL. Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Ernie Nevers, Dutch Clark, and Paddy Driscoll.
|1939 George Halas 6 Greatest Players Ever Seen|
The Ends were Bill Hewitt and Bill Karr; tackles were Ed Healey and Link Lyman; guards were Hunk Anderson and Jim McMillen; the center was George Trafton. In the backfield was quarterback Paddy Driscoll, left halfback Red Grange and fullback Bronko Nagurski. Can't argue with those choices.
The only real surprise was Joe Lintzenich at right halfback. Lintzenich only played 2 years with the Bears (1930-31) and scored just 2 career TDs. Halas could've picked Beattie Feathers, Jack Manders or Bill Senn, but went with Lintzenich.
|1941 George Halas All-Time Bears Team, published in Chicago Tribune|