As of 2009, still known as by leaps and bounds the
greatest quarterback in Chicago Bears history, 59 years after he retired.
Scouted and visited by George Halas while he played at Columbia University,
Luckman was picked by the Bears with the second pick in the 1939 draft. The
following season, Luckman led the Bears to their first of four championships.
Still leads Bears in passing yards, touchdowns and quarterback rating. Passed
for seven touchdowns in a game in 1943, tying an NFL record. Remained close
friends with George Halas throughout his life. Former Chicago Bear
Al Baisi once told me
Halas sent linemen along with Luckman wherever he
went in public to protect him. Luckman served as an assistant coach for Halas
and the Bears for years following his retirement. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
in 1965. Died in 1998 at the
age of 81.