Good morning, Chicago.
Today marks Bears owner Virginia McCaskey’s 100th birthday.
The only daughter of Bears founder George Halas, she attended her first NFL championship game at 9 in 1932. She never expected to be thrust into her role as principal owner and she has treated it as a sacred duty to her father.
“It’s very, very important,” she said in 2007 in a rare interview. “We’re enjoying all the privileges and perks that go along with ownership, but we have to keep reminding ourselves we really didn’t do anything to earn this. George Halas started it all and I think he’ll be around to finish it all. I look on it as a serious responsibility.”
She has known all 28 of the team’s Hall of Famers. The aspiration of adding to those lists remains strong. And if there was one characteristic McCaskey truly admired in her dad, it was his unrelenting optimism.
“That,” she said, “is the way he lived his life.”
With that in mind, the belief in a more promising future for the Bears remains steadfast. Read what Matt Eberflus recalled of his first conversation with McCaskey and more from the Tribune’s Dan Wiederer.
For a look into the archives at McCaskey’s impact on the NFL and Chicago, subscribe to the Vintage Chicago Tribune newsletter. This week’s edition from reporter Kori Rumore and photo editor Marianne Mather highlights McCaskey, in her own words.
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