Chicago Bears Matriarch Turns 100 Years Old
On Thursday, Virginia Halas McCaskey, the owner of the Chicago Bears, celebrated her 100th birthday. The oldest living owner of an NFL team, McCaskey has been with the Bears for over 75 years and has seen the team through highs and lows, ultimately leading them to become one of the most successful franchises in the league.
Born in 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, McCaskey is the daughter of George Halas, who founded the Bears in 1920 and served as their head coach and owner for over 50 years. McCaskey grew up surrounded by football and, after her marriage to Edward W. McCaskey, became more involved in the team's operations.
Upon her father's death in 1983, McCaskey inherited the team and has been the principal owner ever since. Under her leadership, the Bears have won nine division titles, made it to the playoffs 16 times, and have won one Super Bowl.
But McCaskey's impact on the team goes beyond just wins and losses. She has made it a priority to give back to the community, establishing the Bears Care charity in the 1980s. Through this organization, the Bears have donated millions of dollars to various charities and non-profits, including children's hospitals, schools, and military organizations.
In addition to her philanthropy, McCaskey has also been a trailblazer as a woman in a male-dominated industry. As the only woman to hold the title of principal owner in the NFL, she has inspired countless other women to pursue careers in sports.
McCaskey has received numerous accolades for her contributions to the Bears and the world of football. She was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and has also been honored by the NFL with the prestigious Dorothy Lamour Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the league and its teams.
As she celebrates her 100th birthday, McCaskey can look back on a lifetime of achievement and success. From being a part of one of the most iconic franchises in sports history to making a positive impact on her community, she has truly left her mark on the world of football.