Sidney "Sid" Luckman
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 Washington Redskins.
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.