More than 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 because he went on to play for five other teams, such as the hated Green Bay Packers. Yet he is still revered in the Windy City as the»Punky QB» who played through pain and came up clutch using all the Bears’ only Super Bowl trophy.
So, as the Bears rolled out the orange carpet on Friday to commence the Bears100 Celebration of the franchise’s 100th year, McMahon had some simple information for Chicago’s present signal-caller, Mitchell Trubisky.
«All he has to do is play hard ,» McMahon said via the Chicago Sun-Times. «If he plays hard, people understand that. They are very knowledgeable lovers. They will love him whether he plays hard.
«And when he plays hard and wins, they will love him forever.»
It’s an emphatic statement by McMahon, but it is one that’s arduous to argue.
Football fans in Chi-Town still remember — 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 hard to find for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises.
Trubisky’s been the Bears quarterback for but two seasons. However, he made the Pro Bowl at 2018 and became the first Chicago QB to do this because McMahon’s one and only all-star look in 1985 (Erik Kramer had a case in 1995, but the NFC North needed a huge QB season ).
Exactly like McMahon in’85, Trubisky is a quarterback to a team that has identity is related to a dominant defense. In contrast, McMahon played for the legendary Mike Ditka, who favored a more deliberate offense compared to current Bears apply under Matt Nagy.
«[Trubisky has] got a fantastic crime to play in, from the small bit that I’ve seen,» McMahon said Friday. «That’s the kind of crime I want to perform with in. I understand coach Nagy came in the Chiefs with Andy Reid, and Andy Reid was my tackle [in BYU]. So I’ve known him forever.»
Times have changed.
McMahon’s college tackle is training the AFC’s most high-octane team and Chicago’s most renowned football team celebrated its silver anniversary years past.
No matter how the autumns pass in Chicago, however, the rare winning quarterback is going to be remembered for years to come.
Trubisky already ended the Bears’ drought of Pro Bowl quarterbacks. Perhaps if he ends up their Super Bowl dry spell, he’ll indeed live on eternally in Chicago lore.
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