Why is the NFC Trophy named after George Halas?
The George Halas trophy is named after the longtime owner and founder of the Chicago Bears, George Halas, who has books written about his accomplishments.
George Halas, one of the founding fathers of professional football back in the 1900s, was a legendary figure who helped give an identity to the NFL. Nicknamed as “Papa Bear,” and “Mr. Everything,” Halas was the longtime owner and head coach of the Chicago Bears, who became one of the first 17 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The NFC awards a trophy to their conference champion, named after George Halas, as he was a charter member of the league. This means that whoever wins the Rams-49ers game this Sunday will be awarded the George Halas trophy as the NFC conference champions.
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Halas found the first professional football star in Harold "Red" Grange, took the Bears and Grange on a coast-to-coast tour to market football as more than just a college sport.
He brought the largest crowd to see a professional football game at the time when he had the Bears play the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds with more than 65,000 spectators watching. And while the tour only spanned 17 days, it went from New York to California, and included a total of eight games in 12 days.