Over 30 seasons have passed since Jim McMahon quarterbacked the iconic 1985 Bears to a Super Bowl championship.
Seven of McMahon’s 15 NFL seasons were spent in Chicago as he went to play with for five other teams, such as the hated Green Bay Packers. Yet he is still revered at the Windy City as the»Punky QB» who performed through pain and came up clutch with the Bears’ only Super Bowl trophy.
So, as the Bears rolled out the orange carpet on Friday to begin the Bears100 Celebration of this franchise’s 100th season, McMahon had some simple information for Chicago’s present signal-caller, Mitchell Trubisky.
«He has to do is play hard here,» McMahon said through the Chicago Sun-Times. «If he plays hard, people understand that. They fans. They’ll love him whether he plays hard.
«And if he plays hard and wins, then they will love him forever.»
It is an emphatic announcement by McMahon, but it is one that’s arduous to argue.
Football lovers in Chi-Town still recall — at least in name — Sid Luckman. Luckman acquired a quartet of NFL Championships, but he retired in 1950 and passed away in 1998.
Franchise quarterbacks are tough to locate for among the NFL’s most storied franchises.
Trubisky’s been the Bears quarterback for but two seasons. However, he made the Pro Bowl in 2018 and became the first Chicago QB to do this since McMahon’s one and only all-star look in 1985 (Erik Kramer had a situation in 1995, but the NFC North needed a huge QB year).
Exactly like McMahon in’85, Trubisky is a quarterback on a team that’s identity is related to a dominant defense. By comparison, McMahon played with the legendary Mike Ditka, who favored a more deliberate offense compared to recent Bears apply under Matt Nagy.
«[Trubisky has] got a fantastic offense to play , from the small bit that I’ve seen,» McMahon said Friday. «That’s the kind of offense I would like to perform with in. I know coach Nagy came from the Chiefs with Andy Reid, and Andy Reid was my tackle [at BYU]. So I’ve known him forever.»
Times have now changed.
McMahon’s college tackle is coaching the AFC’s most high-octane team and Chicago’s most renowned football team celebrated its silver anniversary years past.
Regardless of how the autumns pass in Chicago, however, the infrequent winning quarterback will be remembered for a long time to come.
Trubisky already finished the Bears’ drought of Pro Bowl quarterbacks. Perhaps if he ends their Super Bowl dry spell, he will indeed live on forever in Chicago lore.
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