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|had the good fortune to spend a week end with Sid Luckman at the La Costa Resort near San Diego. I met him through Donjo Medlevine, owner of Marquee Enterprises. Donjo was one of the three men who owned the Chez Paree in Chicago. They were good friends. We drove down in the Rolls Royce Phantom Five that Sid is leaning on. Everything good ever said about Sid Luckman is true. We watched Angie Dickenson and Pancho Gonzales playing tennis. Below these photos is some information on Sid.|
Year Team Cmp Att Yds TD Int1939, Chi 23 51 636 5 4 1940, Chi 48 105 941 4 9 1941, Chi 68 119 1181 9 6 1942, Chi 57 105 1024 10 13 1943, Chi 110 202 2194 28 12 1944, Chi 71 143 1018 11 12 1945, Chi 117 217 1727 14 10 1946, Chi 110 229 1826 17 16 1947, Chi 176 323 2712 24 31 1948, Chi 89 163 1047 13 14 1949, Chi 22 50 200 1 3 1950, Chi 13 37 180 1 2 Totals 904 1744 14686 137 132 Playoffs Totals 45 86 742 7 4
CHICAGO (July 6, 1998 09:39 a.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com)
Luckman, who led the Chicago Bears to four NFL championships in the 1940s, died Sunday at Aventura Hospital in North Miami Beach, Fla. He was 81.
Family members told the Chicago Tribune that Luckman died of a heart attack. He also had been suffering from pneumonia, the newspaper said Monday.
A nursing supervisor, who refused to give her name, confirmed Luckman had been a patient at Aventura, but declined to give the cause of his death.
In his 12 seasons with the Bears, Luckman became the team's career leader in touchdown passes with 137, passing yards with 14,686 and touchdown passes in a single game -- seven at New York's Polo Grounds on Nov. 14, 1943.
"I personally knew Sid for 47 years, and everything good that's come to me and my family was because of him," Jim Dooley, a former Bears receiver, head coach and assistant coach told the Tribune. "He was good to everyone."
"He donated to so many charities," Luckman's daughter, Ellen Gardner, told the paper from Miami. "To colleges like Northwestern ... to Mayo Clinic to a foundation to train doctors."
Born in New York in 1916, Luckman attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn. He then went to Columbia University where he earned All-America status as a senior in 1938.
Luckman made the cover of Life Magazine in his senior year, with the headline, "Best Passer," printed under his picture.
Bears owner George Halas traded two players and a draft choice to Pittsburgh in 1939 to acquire the 5-foot-11 inch, 190-pound single-wing tailback. Halas offered Luckman the highest salary ever paid by the team at the time, $5,000 a year, and then converted him into the game's first nationally acclaimed T-formation quarterback.
"In Sid, we created a new type of football player, the T-quarterback," Halas once said. "Newspapers switched their attention from the star runners to the quarterbacks. It marked a new era for the game."
Luckman played his first game against the New York Giants in 1939, a 16-14 loss.
"You'll never know the emotion, stress," Luckman once said of that game. "That had to be the most emotional time in my football history. My family, my friends from college, the Columbia coaches, the dean of the college ... they were all at the game."
In 1940, Luckman led Bears to a 73-0 victory over Washington in the NFL championship games. More titles followed in 1941, 1943 and 1946.
Luckman was selected All-NFL five times and was the 1943 Most Valuable Player. He was inducted into the Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 1965.
When he stopped playing in 1950, Luckman's salary was $23,000, matched only by Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh.
He then began a 14-year part-time coaching career for the Bears and other teams Halas wanted to teach about the T-formation. Luckman never accepted a coaching salary from the Bears.
"I can never repay the Bears for making my life a more enchanting life," said Luckman, who worked for Cellu-Craft Inc.
In 1946, he bought a half interest in the company, which manufactured wrapping materials for companies such as Kraft Foods, Quaker Oats, Sara Lee, Superior Coffee and Morton International.
"George Halas told us that football was a means to an end," Luckman said of activities after retiring from the game. "All of us had to seek a way to keep up our income, because you never really know in professional football what could happen on any given Sunday."
Luckman underwent triple bypass surgery in 1982 and spent recent years in retirement in Florida.
He is survived by a son and two daughters. His wife, Estelle, died of cancer in 1981.
Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday at Piser Original Weinstein chapel in Chicago.
By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS, The Associated Press