Chicago Bears Traditions

Bears in The Hall

Red Grange

Pro football hall of fame enshrinement speech
September 7, 1963

Bob (columnist Bob Considine, master of ceremonies), Jimmy (presenter Jimmy Conzelman), thank you very, very much. Yes, my back did ache but the first two years with Mr. Halas was on percentage and that took a lot of aches out of it. It's difficult at a time like this to find words to express your thanks. I am certainly deeply honored. I'm flattered very, very much, and of course I'm pleased. I hope a little bit of my plaque will be owned by every teammate that I ever had the privilege of playing with. I think it's wonderful to be involved with all these gentlemen here at my rear, fellas that I have played with, fellas that I have played against. It's certainly a deserving honor. I feel that I am extremely flattered to be in their company. I'm sure as our shrine goes on and on and gets bigger, I'll have the opportunity, Jim, someday that you and I can reverse positions that I will present you a plaque to the Hall of Fame and I hope it's very, very soon.

Just let me say again, thanks to the people of Canton, thanks for having me here and I'm going to be a worthy member and certainly do everything I can to make this the greatest shrine in the world. Thank you very much.