Steve McMichael has always loved a good party, so it was fitting that many of his former teammates were by his side when it was announced that he will be part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2024 induction class.
McMichael, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2021, was with several members of the Bears’ famed 1985 championship team when he learned that he will become the sixth member of that team to receive a gold jacket and bronze bust in Canton, Ohio.
Richard Dent, who is one of the five members of that team who is already in the Hall of Fame, had the privilege of being the first to inform McMichael of his upcoming enshrinement.
“It’s your turn this time, brother,” Dent told him, via ESPN. “It’s your turn.”
In all, roughly 50 friends and former teammates and family members celebrated the moment with McMichael and his sister, Kathy. McMichael’s wife, Misty, was in Las Vegas to accept the honor on his behalf.
Gary Fencik, the starting strong safety on that ’85 Bears squad, was among McMichael’s former teammates who celebrated with him on Thursday night.
“Steve and I were both rejects from our initial teams,” Fencik told the Bears’ official website. “I know that you never lose that chip on your shoulder because you were cut and it’s really demoralizing. With what he accomplished on the field and his persona off the field — which I really appreciated — I’m glad that he is around and he’s well-deserving of this great honor.”
Drafted by the Patriots in 1980, McMichael lasted just one season in New England before joining the Bears in 1981. He spent his first two seasons in Chicago as a backup before getting 10 starts in 1983. He became a full-time starter in 1984 and was an All-Pro for the ’85 Bears.
McMichael was a Pro Bowler each of the following two seasons and picked up his second All-Pro nod in 1987. In all, McMichael played 13 of his 15 NFL seasons in Chicago. He…
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Author : Bryan DeArdo
Publish date : 2024-02-10 16:32:23
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