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Steve McMichael, Virginia Halas McCaskey among Hall of Fame semifinalists


Former Bears All-Pro defensive tackle Steve McMichael and Bears owner Virginia Halas McCaskey were announced on Wednesday as 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists in the senior, coach/contributor category.

McMichael played 13 seasons with the Bears and was an integral piece of the 1985 Super Bowl Championship defense. The two-time Pro Bowler ranks second on the Bears' all-time sack list with 92.5, sitting behind former teammate and Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent.

The Texas native was also a two-time first team and three-time second team NFL All-Pro selection.

In 2021, McMichael announced his diagnosis of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

Virginia Halas McCaskey, the only daughter of legendary Pro Football Hall of Famer George Halas, has served as the Bears' principal owner since her father's passing in 1983.

Born just three years after Halas founded the Decatur Staleys and helped create what would become the NFL, Virginia Halas McCaskey has been closely involved with the NFL's charter franchise since she was a young girl.

Virginia Halas McCaskey, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 5, is the longest tenured owner in the NFL.

Clark Shaughnessy, who served as a defensive coach for the Bears from 1951-1962, was also named as a 2024 Hall of Fame semifinalist.

McMichael is one of 31 semifinalists in the senior category while Virginia Halas McCaskey and Shaughnessy are two of the 29 semifinalists in the coach/contributor category.

Both selection committees, comprised of 12 members each, will vote to send 12 seniors and 12 coach/contributors to the next stage, which will be announced July 27.