Chicago Bears Traditions

Bears in The Hall

Bill George

Pro football hall of fame enshrinement speech
July 27, 1974

Thank you, Ed (presenter Edward W. McCaskey), Mr. Vice President (Gerald R. Ford), Mr. Mayor (Canton mayor Stanley A. Cmich) and all you wonderful people of Canton. Truly this is the greatest honor and needless to say, the biggest thrill of my life was riding in this parade today. Never have I seen so many a gracious people. I just wish I could come back and do it all over again next year.

About this honor, it has been said many times before and I truly mean that the people I wish to share this with - first of all my family, my many coaches, and my teammates because even though they have told me and I firmly believe it they are the ones that have truly put me here.

Football has been very, very good to me and I hopefully will someday will put back into footbal a particle of what I have taken out of it. Someday we can perhaps install back the same spirit that at one time we all believed in football. I'm certainly proud at this moment to be a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I just hope that there is no way that they can take that away from me. I thank you very, very much.