Sidney "Sid" Luckman
(1916 - 1998)
An All-America tailback at Columbia University
l937 and 1938, Sid Luckman blossomed as "The Master of the
T-Formation" with the National Football League's Chicago Bears.
He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and was elected
to the NFLs Pro Football Hall of Fame in l965.
In nine seasons as quarterback of the Bears
(1939-1947), his "Monsters of the Midway" won four NFL
Championships (1940, 1941, 1943, 1946) and five Western Conference
titles. Enroute, Luckman set numerous offensive records and was named
All-Pro five times--l941-l944 and l947.
He also played full-time defensive backfield
throughout his career.
Luckman was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in
l943, the year he threw a single game record seven touchdowns against
the New York Giants, and 28 TDs during the Bears ten-game regular
season. The seven TD spectacular led to a 56-7 rout of the Giants on
Sid Luckman Day at New Yorks Polo Grounds. Later that season, he
tossed five touchdowns in a 41-21 NFL title game romp over the
Luckman's mastery of the new T-formation system
helped "open up" and popularize professional football. In
his nine pro seasons, Luckman completed 904 of 1,747 passes, for
14,683 yards (8.42 yards per pass), and 139 touchdowns.
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