The Chicago Bears continue to be well-represented on the NFL 100 All-Time Team with three more additions to the roster Friday night: George Halas (coach), Dan Fortmann (offensive line) and Mike Ditka (tight end).
Halas' Bears coaching career spanned four decades and 324 wins. As the founder of the Bears and one of the NFL's original owners, his name is synonymous with the history of the league.
Halas is one of 10 coaches who will be selected to the All-Time Team. The coaches revealed so far include Bill Belichick, Tom Landry, Chuck Knoll, Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau, Joe Gibbs and Paul Brown.
Ditka was one of five tight ends chosen for the historic roster after a career that included five Pro Bowls in six years with the Bears. He last played for Chicago in 1966 but still holds the team records for career receptions, yards and touchdowns for a Bears tight end. He's also one of the franchise's all-time greatest personalities after leading the Bears to their only Super Bowl win as head coach in 1985.
Forttman, a seven-time Pro Bowler in the late-30s and early-40s, played guard for the Bears and was named to the 1940s All-Decade Team.
The NFL is releasing an all-time team in honor of its 100th season this year and the Bears already have a pair of finalists.
On Monday, Walter Payton was announced as one of 24 finalists at running back. Payton’s resume needs no explanation, but he retired as the NFL’s all-time rushing leader and is currently second on that list.
There will be 100 players (for 100 years) on the team and 12 of which will be running backs. It’s safe to say Payton is a lock to make the final cut.
The coaching finalists were announced on Tuesday with Bears founder George Halas included. Halas is among 20 coaches to be named finalists with 10 making the all-time team.
Bill Belichick, Curly Lambeau, Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, John Madden, Bill Parcells, Don Shula and Bill Walsh are also among the finalists.
A 26-person panel deliberated on who should make the prestigious group with current and former coaches, GMs, executives, players and media comprising the group.
The team will be released in chunks beginning on Nov. 22 with weekly updates.
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The 100th anniversary of the NFL kicks off in a little under two hours, and Matt Nagy is *well* aware.
Only a few days after the Bears unveiled a statue dedicated to George Halas, Nagy arrived at Soldier Field with a tribute of his own:
The hat! The sweater and jacket combo on a 72-degree day!
It's not the first time Nagy has shown an appreciation for Bears' history, and it may not even be the only trick up his sleeve tonight.