George Halas

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George Stanley Halas (2 February 1895 - 31 October 1983), nicknamed "Papa Bear" and "Mr. Everything", was an American player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional football and the iconic longtime leader of the NFL's Chicago Bears.


  • I have made it a team rule that my players behave as gentlemen and dress as gentlemen. I wanted to end the popular conception that professional athletes were a bunch of roughnecks.
  • If you live long enough, lots of nice things happen.
  • Many people flounder about in life because they have no purpose. Before it is possible to achieve anything, an objective must be set.
  • Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
  • San Francisco has always been my favorite booing city. I don't mean the people boo louder or longer, but there is a very special intimacy. When they boo you, you know they mean you. Music, that's what it is to me. One time in Kezar Stadium they gave me a standing boo.

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