Name: Sid Luckman
Pro Career: 1939 – 1950
Team Affiliation(s): Chicago Bears
Induction Class: 1965
Brief Bio: The first quarterback to champion the T-formation, Sid Luckman was truly a force to be reckoned with. As the #1 draft choice by the Bears in 1939, Luckman at first struggled with the complex formation and was demoted to tailback by legendary coach/owner George Halas. Given a second chance, though, Luckman never looked back. In his 12 professional years, Luckman led the Bears to 4 NFL championships and just missed a fifth. Luckman was named first- or second-team all-league every year from 1940 to 1948 and was named the league’s MVP in 1943, a year in which he threw a record tying 7 touchdowns passes in one game and threw another five to lead the Bears to a commanding 41-21 victory over the Redskins for the championship.
Career Stats: 128 games played; 14,686 passing yards; 137 passing TDs; 4 rushing TDs; 8,862 punting yards; 38.5 yards-per-punt career average; 2 interception TDs
Featured Card: 1948 Leaf #1. In the tail end of a brilliant career, there is no wonder that Luckman was the first card in the 1948 Leaf set (no national football card sets were produced between the 1935 National Chicle set and the 1948 Bowman and Leaf sets). Trivial Beckett value of this card is $400. Most eBay listings fall into a $100 ballpark while some are quite a bit higher and lower, depending mostly upon condition and grade. For an alternative, Luckman also has a 1948 Bowman card that is also considered a rookie card, although the bland black-and-white Bowman seems to command slightly higher prices than the colorful (albeit airbrushed) Leaf offering.
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