Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 2/25/12

2 Oct 1988: Quarterback Jim McMahon of the Chicago Bears (left) gets tackled by defensive lineman Leon Seals during a game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won the game, 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon was considered a lot of things; cocky, flamboyant, and fragile, just to name a few.  Despite whatever colorful adjective commentators and analysts used to describe McMahon there is one that is often not associated with him; greatness.  But make no mistake about it — Jim McMahon is a past NFL great. McMahon was selected out of BYU by the Bears in the first round of the 1982 draft.  Chicago and new head coach Mike Ditka saw enough of McMahon to make him the 5th overall pick that offseason.  He was one of only two quarterbacks taken in the first round that year.  The other was Art Schilchter at No. 4 to the Baltimore Colts. McMahon earned the No. 1 quarterback job in his rookie year and would start seven of nine games for the Monsters of the Midway in the strike shortened season.  The Bears went 3-6 that year but McMahon threw for over 1500 yards with nine touchdowns proving that he could play in the NFL.  His best was yet to come. Through the 1983-84 seasons McMahon led the Bears to a 14-8 record in 22 starts.  In 1985 the perfect storm occurred in Chicago.  The [...]
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