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 because he went to play with for five different teams, including the hated Green Bay Packers. Yet he’s still revered in the Windy City as the”Punky QB” who performed through pain and came up clutch using the Bears’ only Super Bowl trophy.
As the Bears rolled out the orange carpet on Friday to begin the Bears100 Celebration of the franchise’s 100th year, McMahon had some simple information for Chicago’s current signal-caller, Mitchell Trubisky.
“All he has to do is play hard ,” McMahon said through the Chicago Sun-Times. “When he plays hard, folks understand that. They are very knowledgeable fans. They’ll love him if he plays hard.
“And if he plays hard and wins, they’ll love him forever.”
It is an emphatic statement by McMahon, but it is one that is 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 tough to locate for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises.
Trubisky’s been the Bears quarterback for however 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 appearance in 1985 (Erik Kramer had a situation in 1995, but the NFC North had a massive QB season ).
Just like McMahon in’85, Trubisky is a quarterback on a team that has identity is linked to a dominant defense. By comparison, McMahon played for the legendary Mike Ditka, who preferred a more deliberate offense compared to current Bears apply under Matt Nagy.
“[Trubisky has] got a great crime to play in, from the small bit that I’ve seen,” McMahon said Friday. “That is the type of crime I want to perform in. I know 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 coaching the AFC’s most high-octane staff and Chicago’s most renowned football team celebrated its silver anniversary years past.
No matter how the autumns pass in Chicago, however, the infrequent winning quarterback is going to be remembered for years to come.
Trubisky already finished the Bears’ drought of Pro Bowl quarterbacks. Maybe if he ends up their Super Bowl dry spell, he’ll indeed live on forever in Chicago lore.
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