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This week in Bears history: May 4-10


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:

May 4
In 1932, former receiver Harlon Hill was born. Hill played eight seasons with the Bears from 1954-61 and was voted to the Pro Bowl each of his first three years with the team. Selected by the Bears in the 15th round of the 1954 draft, he set team rookie receiving records with 1,124 yards and a league-leading 12 touchdowns. Hill was named NFL MVP in 1955 after topping the league with nine TD receptions. More than 50 years after he left the Bears, Hill remains second on the team's all-time receiving list with 4,616 yards and 40 touchdowns.

May 5
In 2011, George H. McCaskey became the Bears' chairman of the board. "It's humbling and exciting," McCaskey said at the time. "I'm sure Bears fans expect nothing less than everything that I've got, and that's what I intend to give." McCaskey had previously served as the team's director of ticket operations since 1991.

May 6
In 2015, the Bears signed second-round draft pick Eddie Goldman, a nose tackle from Florida State, to a four-year contract. Goldman has appeared in 67 games with 63 starts the past five seasons, registering 153 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 17 tackles-for-loss.

May 7
In 1936, former punter Bobby Joe Green was born. Green appeared in 161 games over 12 seasons with the Bears from 1962-73. He was part of the 1963 NFL championship team and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1970. Green passed away May 28, 1993 at the age of 57.

May 8
In 1930, Hall of Fame defensive end Doug Atkins was born. Atkins spent 12 of his 17 NFL seasons with the Bears from 1955-66. During his time with the Bears he was voted All-Pro nine times and named to eight Pro Bowls. He played on the Bears' 1963 NFL championship team and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1960s.

May 9
Former cornerback Bob Jeter was born. Jeter played in 32 games with two starts in three seasons with the Bears, recording two interceptions. He joined the Bears after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Packers. After his playing career, Jeter worked for the Chicago Park District. He passed away Nov. 20, 2008 at the age of 71.

May 10
In 1980, Bears Hall of Fame founder and owner George Halas received an honorary law degree from Lake Forest College.