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 different teams, such as the hated Green Bay Packers. Yet he is still revered in the Windy City since the”Punky QB” who played through pain and came up clutch using the Bears’ only Super Bowl trophy.
As the Bears rolled from the orange rug on Friday to commence the Bears100 Celebration of this franchise’s 100th year, McMahon had some simple advice for Chicago’s current signal-caller, Mitchell Trubisky.
“All he has to do is play hard here,” McMahon said via the Chicago Sun-Times. “When he plays hard, people understand that. They lovers. They’ll 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’s one that’s tough to assert.
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 among the NFL’s most storied franchises.
Trubisky’s been the Bears quarterback for however two seasons. But he made the Pro Bowl at 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 case in 1995, but the NFC North needed a huge 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 than the current Bears apply under Matt Nagy.
“[Trubisky has] got a great crime to play in, from the little bit that I’ve seen,” McMahon said Friday. “That is the type of crime I want to perform with in. I understand trainer Nagy came from the Chiefs with Andy Reid, and Andy Reid was my address [in BYU]. So I have known him forever.”
Times have now changed.
McMahon’s college handle is coaching the AFC’s most high-octane staff 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 is going to be remembered for a long time to come.
Trubisky already ended the Bears’ drought of Pro Bowl quarterbacks. Maybe if he ends their Super Bowl dry spell, he’ll really live on forever in Chicago lore.
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