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Papa Bear : The Life and Legacy of George Halas

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The first truly comprehensive biography on George Halas, the father of professional football

The founder of the National Football League and father of the Chicago Bears, George Halas single-handedly changed the way Americans spend their Sundays. Papa Bear tells the incredible story of how one man grabbed an outlaw game by the throat, shook it up, and made it into the ric

Published October 1st 2004 by McGraw-Hill (first published January 11th 2004)
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Dec 09, 2014 John rated it liked it
This book would have failed my 100 page test if I wasn't such a big Chicago Bears fan. The first half of this book has a lot of names, dates, and facts presented more like a history textbook than a narrative. To make it worse, the author tried to organize some stories topically but ended up just repeating names and jumping back and forth from date to date. Nevertheless, I plowed through this book until the end.

I am glad I did finish it. As the book got closer to the present day it got much more
try couldn't even start. barely made it past page 20. why is it journalists think they can write a book?
Bonnie Irwin
Dec 04, 2011 Bonnie Irwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could award half stars, this one would certainly get 4.5. It is a long book, but there is much to say about George Halas and the Bears. I learned a lot about the early days of the NFL that I never knew, and the book is also a great character study. The Old Man ruled the Bears with an iron fist, but many of the guys loved him anyway. He was also quietly generous players when they faced health or family crises, despite the fact that the Bears were the most underpaid players for decades. It wa ...more
Oct 27, 2010 Justin rated it liked it
Starts as a biography of the Bears' founder Halas and morphs moreso into a history of the Bears organization itself toward the end of the book. I loved the background detail of the Bears' origins and the McCaskey takeover at Halas's death. The author is stridently anti-McCaskey and narrates how Halas considered it a worst-case scenario to have the McCaskeys take over the Bears, but made no other plans once George Jr. had passed away. Though I don't necessarily disagree with his observations, I'd ...more
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Jan 31, 2015 Joanne Zienty rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an epic worthy of Shakespeare: tragic, comic, full of lies, deceit, struggle, the breaking of familial bonds. Unfortunately, the writing itself and the organization of the narrative leaves something to be desired. But the story... oh, the story behind the man regarded as a football icon. I think the late Chicago newspaper columnist, Mike Royko, probably said it best: Halas was a "tight-fisted, stubborn, willful, mean old man." And one who made plenty of mistakes. The Chicago Bears might ...more
Aug 20, 2015 M rated it liked it
Finally finished this tome dedicated to the life and legacy of George Halas! He was quite the character! I wish I had an ounce of his energy and drive, as well as, his business acumen. As one of the founding fathers of the NFL, he created the excitement and thrill I feel during the fall football season. Since this book read more like a textbook, with its minute detail of almost every game played, it took some time to digest. I loved the back stories about his friendships and notorious rivalries. ...more
May 21, 2012 Justin rated it liked it
A very in-depth look at George Halas, the founder of the modern-day NFL and the Chicago Bears. While it has a vast amount of information, the author goes off on too many side stories at times, leaving you questioning if he is describing a game in the current year he is examining or 5 yrs befor. It also has a wealth of personalities identified and talked about, and can get bogged down due to too many characters talked about. But it was a good look at the life of Halas.
Very interesting read, not the most well written biography as the timeline jumps in many places without explanation.
Feb 16, 2009 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sport, nonfiction
great analysis of the humble beginnings of pro football. It truly was a shoestring operation until the marriage with TV's golden age
R S Furtney
Nov 12, 2012 R S Furtney rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read...I met Jeff Davis at a Bears game and he mentioned his book on George Halas. I bought it the next day and could not put it down.
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