Joe Stydahar's Bears jersey from '40s
This is the jersey worn by Hall of Fame tackle Joe Stydahar during the 1940s. Huge for his day at 6’4”, 233 pounds, Stydahar starred for the Chicago Bears from 1936 through 1942 before serving in World War II. He returned to the Bears for two final seasons in 1945-46. He holds the distinction of being the first Hall of Famer ever drafted as Chicago used their first round draft pick on him in the NFL’s inaugural 1936 draft.
NFL’s first experiment with OT
Prophetically, Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman thought there needed to be a fairer way than a coin toss to determine a winner in OT. He shared his thoughts following the L.A. Rams sudden-death victory in a 1955 preseason game.
Actor tours Hall of Fame
Actor Jon Walmsley, whose most notable role was as Jason Walton on The Waltons, stopped by the Hall of Fame on March 12.