For some reason, yesterday was #NationalSunglassesDay. Ordinarily such information would not move me. But this day prompted the Bears Twitter feed to compliment Bears legend Jim McMahon’s famous shades...
...leading to McMahon posting four more pictures of him in sunglasses.
This led me to tweet one of my favorite photos of Jimmy Mac, from the 1996 Packers’ trip to the White House in which McMahon — a backup Green Bay quarterback — wore his Bears jersey.
TFW you're a Bear for life and no one can stop you pic.twitter.com/VJsYF8N6wQ— Jack M Silverstein (@readjack) June 28, 2017
McMahon did this because two days after Super Bowl XX, the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded, thus knocking out the Bears’ trip to the White House in 1986. As a result, McMahon wore his Bears jersey to the White House in 1997 with the Packers.
My colleague Robert Zeglinski responded to my McMahon tweet with his own comment about McMahon...
He's the only one wearing his jersey in the photo and that is amazing.— Robert Zeglinski (@RobertZeglinski) June 28, 2017
"...when I hit the White House, I ain't got no plan." pic.twitter.com/fHTKWLYbQS— Jack M Silverstein (@readjack) June 28, 2017
...at which point McMahon himself told the story behind the jersey. And while I knew the reason he wore it, I didn’t know that he actually cleared it with his Packers teammates, who supported him completely.
It's cuz I was there with @packers in 85 we didn't get 2 go cuz the space shuttle exploded. I told my teammates and they were fine with it— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) June 28, 2017
The ‘85 Bears, of course, eventually went to the White House under President Obama in 2011, giving McMahon the official makeup he always wanted.
McMahon’s tweet set off some other interesting topics, along with other conversations with fans throughout the day. Here are the highlights:
On the physical toll of his career and his style of play
I think 15 years is a good amount of time. I wish I didn't get hurt as much but I didn't know how to play another way. U want 2 b out there— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) June 28, 2017
Appreciate that— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) June 27, 2017
Thx my man— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) June 28, 2017
On the disappointment of the 1980s Bears
People forget we were pretty damn good the other years 2 just never got back— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) June 28, 2017
I told u people forget we were good all those years— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) June 28, 2017
On playing against the Bears later in his career
Always nice 2 beat a former team— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) June 28, 2017
On his Mike Tomczak t-shirt
It is. Y I chose it 4 1 of the pics— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) June 28, 2017
McMahon seems pretty responsive to fans on Twitter. Drop him a line — you just might find yourself in a conversation with an all-time great Bear.