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What Bears they were : Chicago Bears greats talk about their teams, their coaches, and the times of their lives
Whittingham, Richard, 1939-2005.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xv, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. and expanded ed. of: Bears, in their own words. c1991.

Includes index.
Format :


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GV956.C5 W46 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From Red Grange to Samurai Mike Singletary, historically the NFL's best personalities have been Chicago Bears, and each one of them speaks about their best days, worst memories, and other hard subjects--like George 'Papa Bear' Halas--in this compilation. Bears fans may know the scores and statistics throughout Chicago's existence, and now they will know the stories behind the games.

Author Notes

Richard Whittingham is the author of more than 30 books, including the ESPN 10-part series tie-in Rites of Autumn and the definitive histories of the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins. He collaborated on projects with Joe DiMaggio, Sir Edmund Hilary, and Life magazine. He lives in the Chicago area.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Any football fan will enjoy this collection of anecdotes, inside scoops, tall tales, and memories of the NFL's original franchise; Bears fans will sleep with it under their pillow. Whittingham, whose The Meat Market (1992) is still the best ever book on the league's college draft, has gathered hundreds of memories of great--and not so great--Bears and assembled them in such a way to give readers a sense of the franchise's long history as a rough-and-tumble, tough-as-nails outfit. Typical of the stories are those involving Hall of Fame defensive end Doug Atkins, who once shot a gun through his training-camp dorm room because the guy upstairs wouldn't turn down his radio. Other notables who offer memories and are the subjects of others are Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and, of course, George "Papa Bear" Halas, founder of the Bears and the NFL. Great reading with dozens of memory-invoking black-and-white photos. --Wes Lukowsky