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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Da Bears and Huntington

Paul Siegfried, writing in the Huntington (IN) Herald-Press has a story about the Huntington roots of Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman. Grossman will be leading the Bears tomorrow in its play-off game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field.

Siegfried covers three generations of Grossman athletes starting with the first Rex Daniel Grossman who was the only Huntington native to play in the NFL. Siegfried writes:
That forecast [of a shining college career] came to pass at Bloomington, where Grossman had a solid IU career, including one unforgettable moment. In 1947, he kicked the game-winning field goal in a 16-14 victory over Purdue. It was the final win for coach Bo McMillin, and the last win for Indiana over Purdue until 1962, which meant Grossman’s field goal lingered in the minds of Hoosier fans for 14 years.
If the Bears win it will be their first post-season victory since 1995, reports the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson.

Image: Rex Grossman replica jersey photo from the official Chicago Bears online store.

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