By: Alex Patt
It was an emotional week for former Chicago Bears lineman Jimbo Covert when he found out that he was going to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Covert said, “It was pretty emotional, it was pretty awesome” on Chicago sports radio 670 the Score when he got the call from Canton. He will be part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class of 2020.
The native of Conway, Pennsylvania was already part of the College Football Hall of Fame, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame when Canton called his name. It was a long time coming and many around football felt he was a Pro Football Hall of Fame worthy player since he retired. Covert is also listed as #13 on the top-100 Bears of all time list that came out before the 2019 season. It is too bad it took him this long, but better he got to be inducted into Canton now than never.
After a hall of fame college career at Pitt, he was selected sixth overall by the Chicago. He played from 1983-1990 all with the Bears as he participated in 111 regular season games and 11 playoff games. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro with a career AV (Approximate Value) of 66. He was one of those Bears who did the Super Bowl Shuffle in 1985 and in 1990 was selected to the 1980s All-Decade Team.
Every Bears die-hard knows Covert was part of an office from 1983-1987 which had the great Walter Payton on in. Naturally, Covert was one of Walter’s favorite OL according to his son Jarrett on Twitter. With Covert making the Hall, the 1985 team now boasts six Pro Football Hall of Famers in Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, Payton and Covert.
This caps off a big week for the Bears as they have hired several new additions to the coaching staff, announced training camp will now be held at Halas Hall, and former Bear great Ed Sprinkle was also announced to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. More news surely to come as time goes on.
Congrats to Jimbo Covert.