Former Chicago Bears star Steve McMichael takes readers through the most vibrant years of a charter NFL franchiseÂ—as seen through the eyes of a legendary carouser. His no-holds-barred practice habits and fondness for after-hours merriment moved ...
his first NFL bosses with the New England Patriots to label him part of "the criminal element" in the league before they waived him prior to his second season. He was a much better fit for a Bears team that was still under the watchful gaze of its tough-as-nails founder, George Halas, and in the process of developing its revolutionary "46" defense under Buddy Ryan. McMichael was witness to the last days of Neill ArmstrongÂ’s ill-fated coaching regime, all of Mike DitkaÂ’s tempestuous tenure, and Dave WannstedtÂ’s rookie season in charge. He covers it all, from training camp misadventures in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Platteville, Wisconsin and DitkaÂ’s locker room tirades to nights on the town with Dan Hampton and friends and behind-the-scenes glimpses of extraordinary teammates, including Hall of Famers Hampton, Walter Payton, and Mike Singletary. McMichael relives his week in New OrleansÂ—the perfect party town for the perfect party teamÂ—before the Bears won Super Bowl XX in dominating fashion. Steve McMichaelÂ’s Tales from the Bears Sideline recounts the rivalries with Green Bay and San Francisco, the rise to stardom of William "Refrigerator" Perry, and the Grammy-nominated team video, the "Super Bowl Shuffle," which McMichael loathed. He revisits all the reasons the team failed to win a couple more titlesÂ—from Jim McMahon vs. Doug Flutie to everybody vs. Michael McCaskey, the late HalasÂ’s Yale-educated grandson and successor. McMichael watched training camp in Platteville become a carnival, literally, and watched the Bears at the end of his career from a most unexpected vantage point: through the facemask of a Green Bay Packers helmet.
Number of pages: 192
Date of publication: 01/08/2004
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