Virginia Halas McCaskey

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Virginia Halas McCaskey
Personal information
Date of birth (1923-01-05) January 5, 1923 (age 91)
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Career information
Position(s) Owner
Head coaching record
Championships won NFC Championship (1985, 2006)
Super Bowl XX (1985)
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1983-present Chicago Bears

Virginia Halas McCaskey (born January 5, 1923) is the principal owner of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. She is the eldest child of legendary Bears coach and owner George Halas, who left the team to his daughter upon his death in 1983.[1] Along with her children and grandchildren, she controls 80% of the team. After the death of Ralph Wilson in March of 2014, she became the oldest owner in the NFL.

Biography[edit]

McCaskey's brother, George Jr., was the heir apparent for the franchise, but he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1979. As a result, McCaskey inherited an incredible nucleus of a team and was the owner when the Bears won Super Bowl XX. However, the team struggled in the 1990s and, since 1999 she has been a very hands-off owner. Her son Michael McCaskey was team president from 1983 to 1999 and was chairman of the board until May 6, 2011, when his brother George McCaskey assumed the position. George McCaskey had been the Bears ticket office director since 1991.[2] Team president Ted Phillips currently has operational control.

Halas's husband Ed McCaskey was once the chairman and treasurer of the Bears. Although McCaskey never had any official share of ownership, he acted as co-owner alongside his wife. He died in 2003.

On January 21, 2007, she accepted the NFC Championship trophy, which bears her father's name. She called it "her happiest day so far", after the Bears had beaten the New Orleans Saints to earn a trip to Super Bowl XLI.

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