Halas starred for the Great Lakes Naval Academy who won the 1919 Rose Bowl. <p>Note that this photo was salvaged from a fire at the Bears headquarters in the 1960s and hence the fringed edges.
Halas played professional baseball with the New York Yankees.
Halas was an outstanding end for the Decatur Staleys/Chicago Bears during the 1920s. In fact, he was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1920s at that position.
Halas coached the Chicago Bears to 324 victories over his 40-year career as a head coach in the NFL.
Halas at an NFL owners meeting in the early 1930s (seated, second from left).<p>He played significant roles in pro football as a player, coach, and owner.
Halas talks strategy with his assistants, Hunk Anderson and Carl Brumbaugh.
George Halas was the NFL's winningest coach until Don Shula surpassed his win total in 1993.
Halas coached many legendary players including Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne.
Halas coached the Bears in four distinct tenures: 1920-1929, 1933-1942, 1946-1955, and 1958-1967.
Halas coached many "nailbiters" in his career. In all, he compiled a .671 winning percentage.
George Halas, circa 1934. That season the Bears posted an undefeated 13-0 record before falling to the Giants in the NFL Championship Game.
Halas greeted players at the Bears' 1948 training camp. The team finished that year with a 10-2-0 record to finish second in the NFL's Western Division.
Halas oversaw the Bears operations from 1920 through his death in 1983.
Halas and the Bears earned the nickname "Monsters of the Midway" for their domination during the 1940s.
Halas (third from right in back row) was an obvious choice as a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1963.
Halas delivered his Hall of Fame enshrinement speech on September 7, 1963.
Halas's Hall of Fame mural.
Halas was a frequent visitor to the Hall in Canton. Here, he is shown in 1973 when he celebrated the 10th anniversary of his induction into the Hall.
Two pillars of the NFL -- Commissioner Pete Rozelle and George Halas.
Halas was the only person associated with the NFL throughout its first 50 years.<p>He was in attendance at the NFL's formation meeting in Canton, Ohio on September 17, 1920.
Forever immortalized -- George Halas's bronze bust.