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    1963-64 Bill George Game Worn Chicago Bears Jersey - Five Team Repairs! One of the first true middle linebackers in football, and inadvertently the creator of the 4-3 defense, Bill George played 15 years in the NFL, with 14 spent with the vaunted Bears defense of the 1950's and early 1960's. The captain of the Windy City squad from 1956-65, George was named to eight straight Pro Bowls, and eventually to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

    The offered jersey features heavy cotton/Durene blended material, which characterized the early to mid 1960's Chitown style. Presenting white trim on the sleeve stripes and the increased height of the front and back numerals, as well as the latter's placement near the upper back transverse seam, it indicates the style's period beginning in 1961 through the decade's end. The proper "King O'Shea [size] 50" tag is in the tail, which targets the jersey's manufacture date to 1963-64, and possibly as early as 1962. Solid wear throughout with five team repairs but still retaining the colorful brilliance of the Bears' navy, orange and white.

    With high probability, the jersey can be dated to the team's memorable 1963 championship season and the 1964 season. It is noteworthy that on Bears King O'Shea home jerseys of the early-mid 1960's, the manufacturer's label is affixed in navy thread, whereas the very late 1960's/early '70's labels were affixed with cream-colored thread. The long sleeves were cut, indicating probable use during the 1965 preseason and practice, as was customary. A member of the league's 1950's All Decade Team, George had his number 61 retired with the Bears, and is highly regarded as one of the best defenders in NFL history. LOA from Heritage Auctions.





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