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Chicago Bears History by the Decade: Fantastic 40s

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Episode Three of our limited podcast series Halas to Mack: Chicago Bears History by the Decade, hot off the press!

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Will Robinson

Welcome back to our podcast series on Chicago Bears history!

Jeff Berckes is joined by lifelong Bears fan and historian Matt Winter as they talk about the best decade in Bears history.

The 40s were headlined by two things - World War II and the takeover of the T-Formation. Join the guys as they introduce a cast of characters that helped shape the NFL’s first dynasty (check out Part 2 of Jeff’s Championship Belt series!).

We kick things off in the 1940s with a cocktail recipe of the day and a recap of how the NFL the survived the war. After a US History recap, we’ll meet more early Hall of Famers like Sid Luckman, Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, and George McAfee! (Check out Jack Silverstein’s article on Sid Luckman’s 7 TD passes!)

Finally, the guys will give answers to a number of fun categories. Who from the 1940s would you most want on the upcoming 2020 roster? Who from the modern Bears would have helped win even more championships? Who was the best player and their favorite player to learn about for the decade.

The final category, “who won the decade,” denotes the most important Bear from the 1940s and this one threw the guys for a bit of a loop. All that and more on this week’s Halas to Mack: Chicago Bears History by the Decade.

Do you have a question or a fun category you’d like to know the answer? Jeff and Matt are planning on recording a recap show at the end of the series to answer the best history-related questions we receive. Ask yours in the comments or find Jeff on Twitter @gridironborn.