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Spokesperson says Bears legend Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael unable to attend Hall of Fame induction ceremony due to health reasons



Chicago Bears legend Steve “Mongo” McMichael will finally be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. McMichael, who was included in the 2024 seniors category of finalists, will be honored for his stellar career with the Bears. Unfortunately, complications from ALS will prevent him from traveling to Canton, Ohio, for his induction ceremony. The Hall of Fame is making plans to present his honor at his home instead.

McMichael, who helped lead the Bears to a Super Bowl title during the 1985 season, was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and named to five All-Pro teams. He finished his career with 92½ sacks. Jarrett Payton, the son of legendary Bears running back Walter Payton, will introduce McMichael at the induction ceremony. Other modern era players in the 2024 class include Dwight Freeney, Devin Hester, and Julius Peppers, with Peppers and Hester having also played for the Bears.

The Bears are scheduled to play the Houston Texans in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game in Canton on August 1, with the induction ceremony taking place on August 3. McMichael’s wife, Misty, lobbied for his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, and the recent announcement of his induction was met with excitement. However, it is now clear that McMichael’s health will prevent him from attending the ceremony in person.

Despite not being able to travel, McMichael’s legacy and impact on the game will still be celebrated and honored at the induction ceremony. While it is unfortunate that he will not be able to be present to accept the honor in person, his contributions to the sport of football and the Chicago Bears will not be forgotten. With his family and loved ones by his side, McMichael’s legacy will live on as he takes his rightful place among the greatest in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In conclusion, Steve “Mongo” McMichael’s long-awaited induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a well-deserved honor for the Bears great. Despite his health struggles preventing him from attending the ceremony in person, his legacy as a standout defensive tackle for the Bears will continue to be celebrated. With his family and friends supporting him, McMichael’s impact on the game and the Bears franchise will be remembered for years to come. Let us celebrate this momentous occasion and honor a true legend of the game, Steve “Mongo” McMichael.

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