If you felt a disturbance in The Force on Thursday morning, it’s because the McCaskeys were busy passing the torch from Michael to younger brother George. George McCaskey, former head of the Bears’ ticket office, takes over as Chairman of the Board after over a year of transition.
Here’s Georgie on taking over the founding franchise in the NFL:
“It’s humbling and exciting,” said George McCaskey, the eighth oldest of Ed and Virginia McCaskey’s 11 children. “All that my brothers and sisters are asking of me is everything that I’ve got, and I’m sure Bears fans expect nothing less than everything that I’ve got, and that’s what I intend to give.”
Meanwhile, Michael moves on to pursue his photography passion.
Asked about his most memorable moment with the club, the oldest of Ed and Virginia McCaskey’s children did not hesitate.“Winning the Super Bowl [in 1985],” Michael said. “That’s what the Bears are all about and that’s why we have so many terrific people in Halas Hall with that as their passion. When you do win, it’s just the greatest thing in the world.”
As my guy Decon astutely pointed out, “maybe his love of photography and capturing images that are permanent and unmoving has prevented the Bears from moving forward from 1985?” Damn, that’s deep.
Here’s to hoping George can move this team out from under the long shadow cast by the ’85 Bears and into a new era.