Chicago Bears Legend Bill Wade

Chicago Bears legend Bill Wade passed away Wednesday at the age of 85. Most notably, Wade was the quarterback for the Bears back in 1963, when they won the NFL championship.

He talked about that championship season, plus other musing about football and his dislike of soccer, when a video crew caught up with him in 1985 for Once A Star. Once A Star was a TV program produced by Tom Weinberg and Thea Flaum that profiled a number of famous athletes to see what became of them after their stardom, and how they reflect back on their former careers.

You can check out the full episode of Once A Star at Media Burn, which also includes fellow ’63 Bears player Doug Atkins, plus hockey stars Dennis and Bobby Hull and pool hustler and raconteur Minnesota Fats.

Bill Wade is also considered one of the greatest athletes in Nashville history, having played for Vanderbilt University in the early ’50s. For more about him and his career, you can check out his obituary in the Tennessean.



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