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3008, 2022

Sayers’ bronze statue unveiling “bittersweet” for his widow

By |August 30th, 2022|Categories: Chicago Bears|

The recent dedication of a Gale Sayers statue in Omaha, Neb., offered a precious opportunity for friends and longtime acquaintances to extend emotional support for the Sayers family.

Sayers, who passed away Sept. 23, 2020, was an iconic Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears who was further immortalized because of his relationship with teammate Brian Piccolo. They became the first known interracial roommates in professional sports. After Piccolo died of a rare form of cancer at the age of 26, the movie “Brian’s Song” brilliantly depicted their unique and deeply caring relationship.

Sayers, a first-round draft pick out of Kansas in 1965, has been honored with statues at his alma mater and now Omaha Central High School, where he starred as a prep football and track athlete.

“It was a long time waiting for this; it was bittersweet. But I enjoyed it; I appreciated it,” said Sayers’ widow, Ardie, following […]

2208, 2022

Sister Jean’s urgent plea: “Work with people of other cultures and try to understand each other” 

By |August 22nd, 2022|Categories: Main|0 Comments

As she celebrates her 103rd birthday, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt offers sage advice for young students, parents and our nation as a whole.

The longtime Loyola University men’s basketball chaplain and internationally renowned symbol of ecumenical optimism and grace, spoke to me over the weekend about her views of today’s young generation and the future of our society.

“I think if we […]

808, 2022

Lloyd McClendon calls Gary Sports Hall of Fame induction “special”

By |August 8th, 2022|Categories: MLB|0 Comments

The inaugural Gary Sports Hall of Fame ceremony was an enormous success as 12 former local athletes were inducted in the main auditorium of Indiana University Northwest.

Alex Karras, Tom Harmon, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Ron Kittle, George Taliaferro, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, Lee Calhoun, Hank Stram, Rhonda Brady, Tony Zale, Dick Barnett and Lloyd McClendon were recognized for their estimable accomplishments […]

2406, 2022

Patrick Arbor, former Chicago Board of Trade chairman, joins Fred Mitchell Award Selection Committee

By |June 24th, 2022|Categories: Fred Mitchell Award|0 Comments

Internationally acclaimed businessman and philanthropist Patrick Arbor (right) joins the Fred Mitchell Award Selection Committee.

Patrick Arbor, former longtime chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade and a prominent community supporter, has joined the Selection Committee for the Fred Mitchell Award.

Arbor has backed numerous local, national and international initiatives and continues his worldwide travels. The Fred Mitchell Award annually has […]

1312, 2021

Ethan Ratke feels “lifted up” after winning Fred Mitchell Award

By |December 13th, 2021|Categories: Fred Mitchell Award|0 Comments

In 2009, the National Football Foundation made me the namesake for an annual award that honors the most outstanding kicker among over 750 colleges in America. For that, this old straight-on kicker remains forever grateful, especially to Chicago chapter chairman Chris Kearney.

In addition to kicking performance, community service is considered by our 35-man selection committee, which includes several members of […]

507, 2021

Bears Hall of Famer Richard Dent tries to protect his business and reputation

By |July 5th, 2021|Categories: Chicago Bears, NFL|0 Comments

Richard Dent made a name for himself as a dominant pass-rusher while becoming the Chicago Bears’ all-time leader in quarterback sacks.

The 2011 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was a member of the Super Bowl XX champion Bears, placing himself on a pedestal in Chicago sports annals. But Dent, the Super Bowl XX MVP, now finds himself in […]

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