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This week in Bears history: March 9-15


With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, here's a look at what transpired this week in Bears history:

March 9
In 1898, Laurie Walquist was born. Walquist played quarterback for the Bears for nine seasons (1922, 1924-31) and later served as an assistant coach with the team in 1933-34. The Bears won the NFL championship in 1933 and went 13-0 in 1934 before losing the title game to the Giants. A star football and basketball player at the University of Illinois, Walquist also played and coached in the American Basketball League for the Chicago Bruins, a team owned by George Halas that was part of the nation's first professional basketball league.

March 10
In 1919, Hall of Fame center/linebacker Clyde "Bulldog" Turner was born. Selected by the Bears in the first round of the 1940 draft out of Hardin-Simmons, he played 13 seasons with the organization from 1940-52, winning four NFL championships in 1940, '41, '43 and '46. Turner was voted first-team All-Pro seven times, played in two Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1940s. His No. 66 jersey is retired, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966. Turner also served as a Bears assistant coach in the 1950s. He passed away on Oct. 30, 1998 at the age of 79.

March 11
In 1915, Hamp Pool was born. Selected by the Bears in the ninth round of the 1940 draft out of Stanford, Pool played end and fullback with the Monsters of the Midway for four seasons from 1940-43. He helped the Bears win back-to-back NFL championships in his first two years, returning an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in the Bears' 73-0 drubbing of the Redskins in the 1940 title game. Pool passed away on May 26, 2000 at the age of 85.

March 12
In 1966, former Bears halfback and quarterback Keith Molesworth passed away. Molesworth spent his entire seven-year NFL career with the Bears from 1931-37. He helped the team win back-to-back NFL championships in 1932-33. He later became head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1953. Molesworth passed away at the age of 60.

March 13
In 1918, Hall of Famer George McAfee was born. McAfee played eight seasons with the Bears (1940-41, 1945-50) in a career that was interrupted by World War II. A star halfback, defensive back and return specialist, he helped the Bears win NFL championships in 1940, '41 and '46. McAfee still holds the NFL's all-time record with a 12.78 career punt-return average and intercepted 25 passes on defense. His No. 5 was retired by the Bears, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966. He passed away on March 4, 2009 at the age of 90.

March 14
In 1936, former halfback and quarterback Carl Brumbaugh returned to the Bears after a one-year retirement. Brumbaugh had initially played for the Bears from 1930-34, helping them win back-to-back NFL titles in 1932-33. He left the team again in 1937 to play with the Cleveland Rams and Brooklyn Dodgers before rejoining the Bears late in the 1937 season. Brumbaugh passed away on Oct. 24, 1969 at the age of 63.

March 15
In 1951, former Bears receiver and return specialist Steve Schubert was born. Schubert played five seasons with the Bears from 1975-79, appearing in 66 games with four starts. He caught 23 passes for 341 yards, averaged 8.5 yards with three touchdowns on 100 punt returns and averaged 17.1 yards on 274 kickoff returns.