Friday, June 9, 2023

Statues Week: George Halas in Chicago

Statues Week celebrates the beautiful sculptures of famous people or characters.

George Halas is legendary, not just in Chicago and not even just in football. The man's legacy is amazing. He briefly was a right fielder for the New York Yankees, before Babe Ruth (but despite the legend, Ruth didn't exactly replace Halas).
Halas went on to play football. He was a player, coach and owner of the Chicago Bears (starting as the Decatur Staleys). He was one of the co-founders of the National Football League and one of the first 17 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
The Bears unveiled statues of both Halas and Walter Payton in 2019. The 12-foot, 3,000 pound statues were sculpted by Fisher Sculpture and designed by Populous. Both statues stand outside Soldier Field on the south end of the area.
I got my picture with the Halas statue when I was covering a Bears game. Since I never met Halas, this would be as close as I would ever get.
 George Halas and me in Chicago, IL-December 2020.

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