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Bears Hall of Famer McAfee passes away

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Bears Hall of Famer George McAfee has passed away at the age of 90.

McAfee played eight seasons with the Bears after being a star at Duke. He was a member of the 1940 championship team that defeated the Washington Redskins 73-0. That was the first of three title-winning teams he played for during a career that was interrupted while he served the country in World War II.

"George McAfee helped establish the proud tradition of the Chicago Bears. His versatility led to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as he played offense, defense and special teams on three championship teams (1940, 1941 and 1946)," the Bears said in a statement.

"George also served his country in the Navy during WWII. We are proud to have him as an integral part of our history and are saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

One of the highest tributes McAfee received was when coach George Halas compared a rookie in 1965, Gale Sayers, to the long-retired McAfee.

"The highest compliment you can pay any ball carrier," Halas would say, "is just compare him with McAfee."

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966, McAfee had his No. 5 retired by the Bears long ago. Here is a nice synopsis of his career.

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Nice article - but the picture is of Danny Fortmann, not George McAfee. Fortmann was another Bears great of the 1940s.

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