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Chicago Bears: Reasons why the Lombardi Trophy should be named the Halas Trophy
Chicago Bears, George Halas
Despite how great of a coach Vince Lombardi was, the Lombardi Trophy should have been named after Chicago Bears player, coach and owner George Halas.
It might not be America’s favorite past time, but the NFL is arguably the most successful sport in American history. The thing is, the NFL was not always this successful. In the beginning, there were five teams from Ohio, four teams from Illinois, two teams from Indiana, two teams from New York and one from Detroit. Of the original 14 teams, only two teams remain — Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears.
In the beginning, the NFL champion was the team with the best record at the end of the season. The league switched to a playoff system in 1933. One of the biggest rivalries in football has always been between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. Despite the Bears being my favorite team, I have to admit that the Packers lead them in championships.
The Chicago Bears have nine championships to the team’s franchise. The first was when the team was still named the Chicago Staleys. Seven more happened before the NFL merged with the AFL in 1960. The Bears won another championship in 1963 before the Super Bowl era started in 1966. Finally, the team won its first and only Super Bowl in 1985.
The Packers on the other hand have won 13 combined championships. Six of them came before the NFL/AFL merger. Three more came after the merger and then the Packers went on to win four Super Bowls during the Super Bowl era.
It should be noted I am not admitting the Packers are better. They are not. However, we have to give the franchise the respect it deserves. The point is that just because the Packers have more championships than any other team in the NFL, it is not reason enough to name it the Lombardi Trophy. Here are the reasons why the trophy should indeed be named the Halas Trophy instead.
The NFL might not have existed without George Halas
George Halas was not the sole founder of the NFL, but honestly, if it were not for him, the NFL might not be what it is today. The NFL dates back to 1920 and Halas was there from the start. The merger with the AFL took place in 1960 and Halas was there for that too. Whenever the game took a major turn, George Halas was still a part of things.
It might be hard to believe, but in the beginning the NFL was struggling. Imagine the XFL and AAF, but instead of losing to the NFL, they were losing to the likes of college football. Back then, college football was the choice of fans when it came to the sport. No one, including the media, seemed to care about this new league founded in Ohio that consisted of 14 games.
Halas played a major role in changing things for the better. He convinced collegiate star Harold “Red” Grange to sign with the Bears and this brought media to the league. This move itself could have single-handedly saved the NFL. Without it, the league may never have taken off and turned into what it is today.
Halas was also the innovator behind the public announcement systems and radio broadcasts. Nothing against Vince Lombardi, but he did not play as big of a pivotal role in the creation of the NFL as Halas. In fact, he did not play a part at all since he did not start coaching in the NFL until 1954. Tell me again why his name represents the Super Bowl trophy?
George Halas was more than just a coach
When it comes to the NFL, no one can deny the impact that George Halas brought to the game. He not only coached the Chicago Bears, but he also played for the team for 10 years. He was a dominant defensive end in the early years. Realize this too, Halas was the head coach at the same time he was a player. Could you imagine a player having to coach the team in today’s age?
Halas played nine years in the league from 1920 to 1929. The Chicago Bears (Staleys at the time) only won one NFL championship while he was a player. It was not until he stopped playing when the Bears started winning more consistently. Again, could you imagine coaching and playing at the same time. The team was still successful with plenty of second-place finishes, but those do not show up as well in the record books.
Not only was Halas a player and a coach, but he was also a co-owner of the team and eventually sole owner of the team in 1932. He coached while owning the team until 1967. He then owned the team until his death in 1983. His family continues to own and operate the team. The Super Bowl trophy had already been named the Lombardi Trophy. The league named the NFC Championship trophy after Halas to honor him instead.
It seems the timing of Lombardi’s death in 1970 played a major role in why the Super Bowl trophy is not the Halas Trophy.
Halas is known for his winning ways
Outside of Vince Lombardi passing away before George Halas, many point to the fact that Lombardi was the winningest coach as to why the Super Bowl trophy is named after Lombardi. I will not argue with the fact that Lombardi had a better winning percentage than Halas as a head coach. But remember, Halas was more than a coach.
We should also point out that Lombardi only coached for 10 years in the NFL. Nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers and one with the Washington Redskins. During that time he won three NFL Championships and two Super Bowls. His winning percentage was .738.
That is great and all, but Halas coached the Chicago Bears for 40 years. No one has come close to that mark. He was the head coach of the team in all but three of the teams’ championship victories too. That said, he was still the owner and played a part in the team during those other three victories too. His winning percentage was still .682 and I wonder what that mark would have been for Lombardi had he coached another 30 years.
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