Sid Luckman


Sid Luckman


Back in the 1930s and 1940s, Sid Luckman was the famed quarterback of the Chicago Bears. His father, an immigrant tailor, did not get many chances to see his son play. Luckman made sure they were there for one important game against the New York Giants. The game was going well. Then, in one play, Luckman got the ball just as his teammates were falling by the wayside. Luckman was left alone to fight off the opposing teams’ formidable linemen. As he dodged huge bodies hurtling towards him, he heard his father’s anxious voice above the crowd yelling, “Sidney, let them have the ball. I’ll buy you another one.”

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Sid Luckman on LIFE magazine

Sid Luckman was a U.S. Hall of Fame quarterback. He led the Chicago Bears T formation attack that won four National Football League championships in the 1940s.

Luckman was a favorite of former Bears owner and coach George “Papa Bear” Halas, who made him the second overall pick in the 1939 draft. A year later, Luckman led Chicago to the most lopsided rout in NFL playoff history, a 73-0 embarrassment of the Washington Redskins in the championship game.

Luckman remains the team’s all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns, and interceptions. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.