Jimbo Covert

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Jimbo Covert

8 Seasons
111 Games
2x All-Pro
1980s All-Decade Team
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(Pittsburgh)...6'4'', 277...Drafted in 1st Round (6th overall), 1983 … Immediately earned starting left tackle and earned All-Rookie recognition … Anchored offensive line that helped Bears capture six division titles in seven-year span … Team leader that helped Chicago win 10 or more games in a season six times … Paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher every season of career but one … Started at left tackle in three NFC championship games and one Super Bowl … Named Offensive Lineman of the Year, 1986 … First-Team All-Pro twice (1985, 1986) … Second-Team All-Pro, 1987 … All-NFC three times … Voted to two Pro Bowls (1986, 1987) … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1980s … Born March 22, 1960 in Conway, Pennsylvania.

BIO

Jimbo Covert Chicago Bears

Jimbo Covert, a 6’4”, 277-pound tackle out of Pittsburgh, was drafted in the first round (6th player overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He earned the Bears’ starting left tackle position starting all 16 games during his rookie season. Covert’s presence made an immediate impact as he helped clear the path for Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton to gain 1,421 rushing yards and the Bears to lead the entire NFL in rushing. Covert’s efforts earned him All-Rookie honors.

​Covert would continue to anchor an offensive line that helped the Bears capture six division titles in seven-year span. As a Bears team Captain, Chicago won 10 or more games in a season six times during his eight-year career. The Bears’ success during Covert’s tenure was largely predicated on a strong rushing attack. They led the National Football League in rushing four straight seasons from 1983 to 1986 and were the NFC’s top rushing team in 1989. 

He was able to battle through numerous injuries to start 110 games. Covert started at left tackle in 11 playoff games, three NFC championship games and one Super Bowl. He helped Chicago lead the NFC in points scored during the Bears’ magical 1985 season, which was highlighted by a 15-1 regular-season record. That season culminated in a dominating 46-10 victory over New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.

Covert paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher in every season of his career but one. He was voted to the Pro Bowl twice (1985 and 1986), was named the NFL’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1985 and the Miller Lite Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1986. He earned consensus First-Team All-Pro honors in 1985 and in 1986 as well as Second-Team All-Pro honors in 1987. Covert was also an All NFC selection four times (1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990) and named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1980s.

STATS

Jimbo Covert's Stats

Games Played:

1983    Chicago...................... 16

1984    Chicago...................... 16

1985    Chicago...................... 15

1986    Chicago...................... 16

1987    Chicago........................ 9

1988    Chicago........................ 9

1989    Chicago...................... 15

1990    Chicago...................... 15

Career Total........................ 111

 



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Jimbo Covert's Championship Games

Championship Games

1984 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 23, Chicago Bears 0

Covert started at left tackle.

1985 NFC Chicago Bears 24, Los Angeles Rams 0

Covert started at left tackle and had one fumble recovery.

1988 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 28, Chicago Bears 3

Covert started at left tackle.

 

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XX Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10    

Covert started at left tackle.

 



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Jimbo Covert's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

All-Pro: 1985 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN)  ·  1986 (AP, PFWA, SN, PW)

All-Pro Second Team: 1987 (NEA)

All-NFC: 1985 (UPI)  ·  1986 (UPI, PW)  ·  1987 (UPI)

All-NFC Second Team: 1990 (UPI)


Pro Bowls

(2) – 1986, 1987


Awards and Honors

·       1980s All-Decade Team

·       1983 All-Rookie Team (PFWA)

·       1986 Offensive Lineman of the Year

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1983     Chicago Bears.................... 8-8-0   (3rd)

1984     Chicago Bears................. 10-6-0   (1st)

1985     Chicago Bears................. 15-1-0   (1st)

1986     Chicago Bears................. 14-2-0   (1st)

1987     Chicago Bears................. 11-4-0   (1st)

1988     Chicago Bears................. 12-4-0   (1st)

1989     Chicago Bears................... 6-10-0   (4th)

1990     Chicago Bears................. 11-5-0   (1st)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

CAREER CAPSULE

Jimbo Covert's Career Capsule

Full Name: James Paul Covert

Birthdate: March 22, 1960

Birthplace: Conway, Pennsylvania

High School: Freedom (PA)

Pro Career: 8 seasons, 111 games

Drafted: 1st round (6th player overall) in 1983 by Chicago Bears



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