I've been a long time supporter of Bears ownership, and defended Virginia and her family on multiple message boards over the years debating against the perception that the "McCaskey's are cheap", McCaskey's don't care", "McCaskey's only care about money", "McCaskey's don't care about winning"........... This year Virginia turned 96 years old and below is a very rare opportunity for fans to look past all that and just listen and reflect, and maybe, just maybe, appreciate the first lady of football.
Bears owner Virginia McCaskey to be part of NFL documentary
The NFL is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2019. The league is also celebrating four women who have played a strong role in the league. The league premiered a documentary called A Lifetime of Sundays at the Annual Meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday. The documentary features Virginia McCaskey of the Chicago Bears, Martha Firestone Ford of the Detroit Lions, Norma Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs and Patricia Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The film is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Regina King. The league released an official trailer for the film on Monday:
For McCaskey, the chance to see another championship in Chicago remains high on her list. Virginia's father, George Halas, is one of the founding fathers of the NFL and helped establish the Bears organization. As Halas was getting older he was expecting his son, George "Mugs" Halas Jr., to take over the organization until he died of a heart attack in December 1979. His passing then meant that Halas' daughter, Virginia, would assume ownership once her father passed away.
Virginia, along with her sons, took over ownership of the Bears when George Halas passed away in 1983. Since Halas' passing, there have been many who have criticized the McCaskey family for not fully understanding the inner workings of the NFL and that's why the team has just one Super Bowl victory in its history. Despite a lack of consistent success in recent years, Virginia is credited for being one of the most influential women in the NFL. When Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson passed away in March 2014, Virginia became the oldest owner in the league.
McCaskey turned 96 years old earlier this year. Her son, George McCaskey, tends to take over much of the media side of ownership for the organization. Despite getting closer and closer to 100 years old, Virginia McCaskey can be spotted at most Bears home games cheering on the team. She was able to see her team get back to the playoffs in 2018 for the first time since 2010. The Bears went 12-4 in Matt Nagy's first year as head coach this past season.
I really want this team to bring home the Halas one more time while Virginia is still around to enjoy it. A Lombardi would be nice too. Things are finally turning around for this team and it's been one hell of a rough run. It's time we Bears fans at least look back and realize there is much to be proud of and regardless of results on the field, Virgina has always done her best to represent her fathers legacy with class and respect.