NFL executive Ed McCaskey dies

April 8, 2003 at 5:35 PM

DES PLAINES, Ill., April 8 (UPI) -- Ed McCaskey, the chairman emeritus of the Chicago Bears and an executive of the NFL team for 36 years, died Tuesday at his home. He was 83.

McCaskey had been battling a series of illnesses in recent years.

A popular figure within the NFL, McCaskey was the son-in-law of Bears founder George Halas and joined the Bears in 1967. He was often referred to as the "conscience" of the league as well as a sounding board for many of its leaders.

"Today the entire Bears organization suffered a great loss in the passing of Ed McCaskey," Bears president Ted Phillips said. "Ed's leadership and his love of life gave all of us at the Chicago Bears a real sense of family. He will be greatly missed."

One of McCaskey's favorite players was Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer. McCaskey was a consultant on the movie, "Brian's Song," which was based on Piccolo's life, and worked with the Piccolo Fund to raise millions of dollars for cancer research.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, McCaskey served in World War II and won a Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his performance in combat.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Topics: George Halas
Trending Stories