Harold Grange Enshrinement speech

Harold “Red” Grange Enshrinement Speech 1963

Presenter: Jimmy Conzelman

Friends, Red Grange was the first professional football explosion. The galloping ghost of the Illini captured the nation’s attention like no player ever did and he brought this spotlight with him when he stepped directly from the Big Ten gridirons into the Bears lineup. His pro debut on Thanksgiving Day 1925, sold out Wrigley Field for the first time and went with him. The Galloping Ghost’s college reputation got a horse whipping in the headlines on the exhausting coast to coast grind, not to mention Red’s aching back. Careless historians fail to recall Red Grange came back to become one of the best of all the Bears. Always dangerous on offense, he distinguished himself on defense with two World Championships teams. For almost three decades he’s still a Bear but now on television. Thank you.

Harold “Red” Grange

Bob, Jimmy, thank you very, very much. Yes, my back did ache but the first two years with Mr. Halas was on percentage and that took a lot of aches out of it. It's difficult at a time like this to find words to express your thanks. I am certainly deeply honored. I'm flattered very, very much, and of course I'm pleased. I hope a little bit of my plaque will be owned by every teammate that I ever had the privilege of playing with. I think it's wonderful to be involved with all these gentlemen here at my rear, fellas that I have played with, fellas that I have played against. It's certainly a deserving honor. I feel that I am extremely flattered to be in their company. I’m sure as our shrine goes on and on and gets bigger I'll have the opportunity, Jim, someday that you and I can reverse positions that I will present you a plaque to the Hall of Fame and I hope it's very, very soon. Just let me say again thanks to the people of Canton, thanks for having me here and I'm going to be a worthy member and certainly do everything I can to make this the greatest shrine in the world. Thank you very much.