Jim McMahon

James Robert McMahon, Jr. (born August 21, 1959) is a former American football player. He played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American (1980, 1981) and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, and Green Bay Packers. He won two Super Bowl titles, the first with the Bears in Super Bowl XX where he was the starting quarterback, and the second with their rivals, the Green Bay Packers, in Super Bowl XXXI where he was a backup to Brett Favre. Both Super Bowls were against the New England Patriots. McMahon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

Jim McMahon
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Jim McMahon at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts in 1988
No. 9
Personal information
Born:August 21, 1959 (age 59)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Roy (UT)
NFL Draft:1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards


Career NFL statistics
Games Played:119
Games Started:97
QB Rating:78.2
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

McMahon was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and moved with his family to San Jose, California when he was three. He played high school football his freshman and sophomore years at Andrew Hill High School in San Jose and played his junior and senior years at Roy High School in Roy, Utah, graduating in 1977.[1]

College career

McMahon mainly served as BYU's punter during his freshman season. Also he played baseball (1977), but he played enough at quarterback to throw his first-ever collegiate touchdown pass against UTEP. He continued as the Cougars' punter as the 1978 season began, but when Marc Wilson was injured in the third game of the season (against Colorado State), McMahon became the starting quarterback. McMahon led BYU to victory against CSU, accounting for 112 passing yards, 80 rushing yards, and two touchdowns. He was named Chevrolet Player of the Game and WAC Player of the Week for his performance. McMahon and Wilson shared quarterback duties for the rest of the season; McMahon played well enough to earn All-WAC honors and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America. The best game of his sophomore year was against Wyoming: he passed for 317 yards and rushed for 49 more yards, earning another WAC Player of the Week award.

McMahon had suffered a knee injury towards the end of the 1978 season and BYU coaches chose to redshirt him the following season. McMahon watched from the sidelines as Wilson set nine NCAA records and tied two others. Wilson became the first BYU player to earn consensus First Team All-American honors, and he finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting.

With Wilson graduated and in the NFL, McMahon beat out Royce Bybee to claim the starting quarterback position. BYU lost the first game of the season (25–21 against New Mexico), but won 11 straight games after that to claim the WAC championship. McMahon set 32 NCAA records, including single-season records for yards of total offense (4,627), passing yards (4,571), touchdown passes (47), and passing efficiency (176.9). His best game was against Utah State; he completed 21 of 33 passes for 485 yards and six touchdowns, and added two rushing touchdowns. That performance earned him Sports Illustrated's National Player of the Week award. McMahon's season statistics might have been even better, but he spent significant time on the sidelines because the Cougars won many games by wide margins. Although he started all 12 regular season games, he only finished three of them.

BYU led the nation in passing offense, total offense, and scoring offense during the regular season. McMahon earned numerous awards for his individual accomplishments, being named WAC Player of the Year, unanimous First Team All-WAC, Utah Sportsman of the Year, and Deseret News Athlete of the Year. He was named to four All-America teams and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.

In the 1980 Holiday Bowl, the Cougars faced an SMU team led by star running backs Craig James and Eric Dickerson, and the Mustangs built a 45–25 lead over BYU with just four minutes left in the game. As Cougar fans headed for the exits, McMahon screamed that the game was not over yet. He guided BYU's offense to three quick touchdowns, including a 41-yard Hail Mary pass to Clay Brown to win the game.[2] as time expired. It is regarded as one of the greatest comebacks in college football history;[3] BYU fans refer to it as the "Miracle Bowl".

In McMahon's senior season (1981), despite missing two games due to injuries, he passed for 3,555 yards and 30 touchdowns in the regular season, again leading BYU to a WAC championship. For his efforts, he was named WAC Player of the Year and unanimous First Team All-WAC. On a national level, he was named First-team All-American by five different organizations and finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting. He received the Davey O'Brien Trophy and the Sammy Baugh Award, and he shared the Pigskin Club NCAA Offensive Player of the Year award with USC's Marcus Allen. He earned Sports Illustrated's Player of the Week award after his performance against Colorado State, in which he tied a school record with 7 touchdown passes.

In his last game as a Cougar, McMahon passed for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead BYU over Washington State in the 1981 Holiday Bowl. His career totals were 9,536 passing yards and 84 touchdown passes (not including bowl games). McMahon left college with 70 NCAA records[2] and tied for one other. He entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.[4]

In September 2010, McMahon announced he would complete his coursework at BYU, which would qualify him for induction into the Brigham Young University Athletics Hall of Fame. On October 2, 2014, after completing his degree in communications, McMahon was inducted into the BYU Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 class.[5] BYU honored McMahon by retiring his No. 9 jersey during a halftime ceremony at the BYU vs. Utah State football game on Friday, October 3, 2014.[6]

Professional career

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears selected McMahon in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft. New head coach Mike Ditka made McMahon his first first-round selection. McMahon, thrilled to be free from what he considered a restrictive culture at BYU, strolled into his first public function with the Bears holding a cold beer in his hand. Ditka was not impressed, nor was Bears owner and founder George Halas. McMahon was to find the atmosphere in Chicago almost as challenging as that at Brigham Young, and he would lock horns with Ditka routinely during his seven years with the Bears.

McMahon won the Bears' starting quarterback job as a rookie, and was named to several All-Rookie teams when he nearly led the team to the playoffs, despite the NFL only playing two games before a players' strike that cancelled nearly half the season. McMahon quickly displayed a natural ability to read defenses and an athletic versatility that surprised many.

McMahon also made a case for being the best rollout passer at that time. He explained that coaching in his youth had taught him to square his shoulders to the direction he wanted to throw the football, and he was thus able to execute passes with tight spirals and a high degree of accuracy when running to either his left or his right. The Bears finished the strike-shortened season at 3–6, but due to an expanded playoff format and conference-wide seeding the Bears missed a playoff berth by only one victory. McMahon was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year, losing the league-wide honor to Marcus Allen.

In 1983, McMahon continued to improve as a passer and as a field general. He made a habit of changing the play both in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage, a practice which frustrated Ditka but usually led to success. His knowledge of the game and an instinctive, intuitive grasp of in-game situations were significant. He became a frequent scorer in goal line situations, after the dying Halas instructed Ditka to make the quarterback sneak a bigger part of the Bears' offense. He also began to catch touchdown passes on option plays, and was the emergency punter. Chicago finished the season at 8–8, missing the division title and a playoff berth by one victory again.

In 1984, the Bears broke through, reaching the conference title game before losing to the San Francisco 49ers. McMahon started the season strongly, though nursing minor injuries like those that would plague him throughout his career. In a violent game against the Los Angeles Raiders in Chicago, McMahon sustained a season-ending injury when he was brutally tackled by two Los Angeles defenders. He suffered bruised ribs and a lacerated kidney on the play, but limped to the huddle and breathlessly called the next play, despite difficulty breathing and increasing pain. The players could barely hear him in the huddle, and when McMahon attempted an audible at the line of scrimmage the Bears receivers were unable to hear his call. McMahon was on the verge of collapsing on the field, clutching his flank and rasping in his attempts to convey his situation. Offensive linemen helped McMahon stand and leave the field. McMahon went to the locker room, and reported urine that "looked like grape juice."


1986 Jeno's Pizza - 11 - Jim McMahon (Jim McMahon crop)
Jim McMahon dives into the end zone to score a touchdown during Super Bowl XX.
'1985 Chicago Bears Visit the White House' - video from White House

In 1985, the Bears won their first 12 games and finished 15–1 for the season. McMahon became a media darling, not only for his outstanding play on the field, but also for his personality. He appeared in a rap record made by the team, "The Super Bowl Shuffle," in which he proclaimed "I'm the punky QB known as McMahon." He ended the season with a strong performance in Super Bowl XX, which the Bears won 46–10 over the New England Patriots. In that game McMahon became the first quarterback in the history of the Super Bowl to rush for two touchdowns.[7] McMahon earned a spot in the Pro Bowl. He was a point of controversy in New Orleans at the Super Bowl when he "mooned" journalists who were inquiring as to the status of a minor injury to his buttocks. McMahon was notorious for head-first baseball-style slides when running the football, despite being coached to slide feet-first to protect his body. In the playoffs McMahon heeded this coaching advice and was speared by a defender's helmet squarely in his buttocks, causing a painful deep bruise for which McMahon sought acupuncture treatment.[8]

In an early-season Thursday night game at Minnesota, McMahon was slated to back up Steve Fuller, as McMahon had missed practice time earlier in the week due to a neck injury that required an overnight hospital stay. Midway into the third quarter, the Vikings held a 17–9 lead. McMahon lobbied to get into the game until well into the third quarter. Once finally on the field, his first play was an opportunistic 70-yard touchdown pass to Willie Gault. After an interception by Wilber Marshall on the Vikings ensuing possession, McMahon's very next offensive play was a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dennis McKinnon, making him 2–2 for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He followed up with another successful offensive drive, including a crucial third and short sneak to set up another 43-yard touchdown pass to McKinnon. The Bears led 30–17 and went on to win the game 33–24.

McMahon was fined $5,000 for violating the league's dress code by wearing an Adidas headband.[9]


In a late-season game against the Green Bay Packers, nose tackle Charles Martin grabbed McMahon from behind and body-slammed him to the ground (after McMahon had passed the ball for an interception and officials had turned their attention downfield). The incident happened at least two seconds after the pass was thrown, and with McMahon well out of the play. McMahon hit the frozen artificial turf at Soldier Field shoulder first, exacerbating his already injured shoulder. He briefly returned to the game, but it soon became apparent that he couldn't throw effectively, and he left the game for good in the third quarter. Martin was ejected from the game and suspended for two games — the first multi-game suspension for an on-field incident in modern NFL history — and McMahon was lost for the remainder of the season. Without McMahon, and despite finishing tied for the league's best record at 14–2, the Bears were unable to defend their Super Bowl championship and lost in the Divisional Playoff round to the Washington Redskins.

McMahon battled injuries for the rest of his career although at one point between the 1984 and 1987 seasons, he won 22 consecutive regular-season (25 including playoffs and the Super Bowl) starts, the longest "regular season winning streak" by an NFL quarterback at the time, now held by Peyton Manning, who won 23 in 2008 to 2009 (but lost a wildcard playoff game to the Chargers during his "winning streak").

In 1987, he came right back from a head injury in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McMahon brought the Chicago Bears back in the first game following the 1987 NFL players strike to defeat the Buccaneers, 27–26. The Bears went on to an 11–4 record with many expecting McMahon to lead the Bears back to the Super Bowl. However, 1987 ended exactly the same way 1986 did with the Bears eliminated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Redskins.

1988 saw McMahon return for the Bears with a much more serious attitude. His main offensive weapon in Walter Payton had retired and McMahon publicly expressed his desire to win a Super Bowl again. The Bears looked strong all season ending 1988 with a 12–4 record, again winning the NFC Central, and finishing with the NFC's top seed, ensuring they would host the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field if they advanced that far. McMahon was unable to get the Bears back to the Super Bowl, as they were routed by the eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers for a second time in five years.

During the offseason, McMahon and Bears president Michael McCaskey had a major falling out with each other. He also fell out of favor with head coach Mike Ditka, and after spending his first seven seasons in the league with Chicago, McMahon was traded to the San Diego Chargers.

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Jim McMahon held at least 15 Bears franchise records, including:

  • Completions: playoffs (70)
  • Passing Yards: playoffs (967), playoff season (636 in 1985)
  • Passing TDs: playoffs (4), playoff season (3 in 1985; with Rex Grossman), playoff game (2 on 1986-01-05 NYG; with Steve Walsh and Jay Cutler), rookie season (9 in 1982; with Kyle Orton)
  • Passer Rating: playoffs (77.1), playoff season (106.6 in 1985), rookie season (79.9 in 1982)
  • Sacked: playoffs (10), rookie game (7 on 1982-11-28 @MIN)
  • Yds/Pass Att: playoffs (7.61), playoff season (9.64 in 1985)
  • Pass Yds/Game: rookie season (187.6 in 1982)

San Diego Chargers

McMahon started 12 games for the 6–10 Chargers team in 1989. He went 4–8 in the games he started, though the team lost 4 of those games by a combined 11 points. He had only 4 games over 200 yards, but had 389 yards against the Houston Oilers in a Week 2 loss.

However, McMahon again found himself in trouble when he fell out of favor with his coach, Dan Henning, his teammates, and the team's front office staff. He was benched for the final four games in favor of Billy Joe Tolliver and finished the year with 2,132 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was released after the season.

Later career

Jim McMahon and Obama
McMahon at the White House with President Obama in 2011.

McMahon signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, who were coached by former Bears assistant Buddy Ryan, for the 1990 season. For the first time in his career he served as a full-time backup as Randall Cunningham was entrenched as the starter. After Cunningham tore his ACL in the opening game of the following season, new coach Rich Kotite named McMahon his starter. He led the Eagles to a 10–6 record, including a Week 17 win over the 14–1 Washington Redskins, and earned the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. He stayed with the Eagles for one additional season as the backup to Cunningham.

McMahon's last chance to be a full-time starter came with the Minnesota Vikings in 1993. Supplanting Sean Salisbury as the team's starter, McMahon led the Vikings to eight wins in twelve starts and returned to the postseason as a starter for the first time since 1988. However, the Vikings lost to the New York Giants.

After the season, McMahon joined the Arizona Cardinals, now coached by Ryan, for the 1994 season, where he made his final career start in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns. He finished the season as the team's third quarterback behind Steve Beuerlein and Jay Schroeder and left the team at its conclusion. After failing to catch on with the Browns in the 1995 preseason, McMahon joined the Green Bay Packers. He retired following the 1996 season, which finished with a Green Bay Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in New Orleans, eleven years to the day of the Bears' Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in the same venue.

McMahon caused some controversy when he showed up to the Packers' reception at the White House wearing his Bears jersey, due to the rivalry between the two teams. McMahon later explained that he did so because he was unable to visit the White House when he led the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX; two days after the Bears won the game, the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-51-L were killed in the explosion of their craft, Shuttle Challenger, and the Bears' scheduled visit was cancelled. McMahon and his surviving teammates and coaches were eventually received in 2011 by President Barack Obama, himself a Bears fan.[10]


Legal trouble

Since retiring from football in 1997, he has worked as a restaurant owner and motivational speaker. He was apprehended in Florida for drunk driving in 2003. Upon being pulled over, McMahon allegedly got out of his car and said to the police, "I'm too drunk; you got me."[11]

On April 9, 2012 it was reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, that McMahon was targeted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for $104 million in bad loans made by the now closed, Chicago-based Broadway Bank, of which he was a member of the board. The FDIC wanted to recover $104 million in loans made by the bank before it was shut down, according to the newspaper. In addition to McMahon, six other former Broadway Bank board members and two former bank executives had been targeted. It is said that McMahon had only approved one loan out of the 17 bad loans for a $28 million Miami beach condo project. The FDIC said the bank lost $19.5 million on the loan, according to the Sun-Times. McMahon said in a statement to the Sun-Times that the FDIC's claims were without merit and he expected to be vindicated. "I am proud to have served as an outside, independent director for a brief part of the bank's history," he wrote, according to the Sun-Times.[12]


In a November 6, 2010, interview, McMahon admitted to having memory problems due to injuries suffered on the football field. McMahon was quoted as saying, 'There are a lot of times when I walk into a room and forget why I walked in there.'[13] McMahon, along with six other retired professional football players, filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL in August 2011, citing the league's negligence and misconduct in its handling of concussion-related injuries; the suit followed lawsuits filed shortly before by 75 other NFL retirees making similar claims as well as asserting that the NFL knew about the dangers concussions posed to NFL athletes as far back as the 1920s and actively withheld the information from the affected and the general public until the summer of 2010. The August suit that McMahon joined seeks to expand the scope of the suit to potentially all NFL players who suffered game-related concussions or head injuries.[14]

He appeared in a Sports Illustrated cover article in September 2012 detailing his struggles.[15]

On September 27, 2012, it was reported that at age 53 McMahon had been diagnosed as being in the early stages of dementia.[16]

Medical cannabis

McMahon uses cannabis to treat the chronic pain and arthritis that he suffers from as a result of his football career.[17] He calls cannabis a "godsend" that allowed him to completely eliminate his painkiller habit which he says included 100 Percocet pills a month.[18] McMahon has been active in speaking about his experience using cannabis, serving as a spokesperson for the Cannabis Sports Policy Project[19] and a member of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition along with several other former NFL players.[20] McMahon appeared in a TV ad supporting cannabis legalization in the state of Arizona.[21]

In November 2016, McMahon was among the signatories of an open letter addressed to the NFL, urging a change in the league's policy towards cannabis.[22] The letter was penned by Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and signed by several other NFL players.[23] McMahon is also a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee.[24]

Other activities

Jim McMahon in Iraq with the 15th MEU
McMahon being greeted by the Commanding Officer of the 15th MEU during his USO tour in Iraq in December 2006.

In December 2006 McMahon went to Iraq with the USO to visit American forces in the field.[25]

During Super Bowl XLIV, McMahon joined other members of the 1985 Chicago Bears in resurrecting the Super Bowl Shuffle in a Boost Mobile commercial.[26]

In 2010, McMahon became a part owner of the Indoor Football League's Chicago Slaughter.

In November 2012, McMahon appeared on an episode of the sitcom The League called "The Tailgate."

Playing style

Throughout his career, McMahon was known for both on- and off-field antics. Most famously, his wearing of a headband while on the sidelines once led to him being fined by then NFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle, as it had an unauthorized corporate logo (Adidas) on it. The next week his headband simply said "Rozelle". (The commissioner later admitted in a letter to McMahon that the headband with Rozelle's name was "funny as hell", but declined to rescind the $5,000 fine.) Reportedly before Super Bowl XX hundreds of fans mailed McMahon headbands in hopes he would wear them during the game; Rozelle warned the quarterback not to wear anything "unacceptable". In response, McMahon decided to help bring attention to Juvenile Diabetes by wearing a headband simply stating "JDF Cure", before switching to one stating "POW-MIA", and finally one with the word "Pluto", the nickname of his close friend and favorite collegiate receiving target, former BYU wide receiver Danny Plater, who was afflicted with a brain tumor.[27]

He also is known for his trademark sunglasses, which he wears for medical reasons. At age six, while trying to untie a knot in a toy gun holster with a fork, he accidentally severed the cornea in his right eye when the fork slipped. While his vision was saved, the accident left that eye extremely sensitive to light.[28] On the field he was among the first to wear a helmet fitted with a tinted plastic visor covering the eyes, leading to nicknames like "Darth Vader" and "Black Sunshine."[29]

McMahon occasionally would play wearing gloves, and urged former NFL quarterback David Carr to also wear gloves.[30]

Career stats

Year Team G Passing
Yards Pct. TD Int. Sacks-Lost Pass
1982 Chicago 8 210–120 1,501 .571 9 7 27–196 79.9
1983 14 295–175 2,184 .593 12 13 42–266 77.6
1984 9 143–85 1,146 .594 8 2 10–48 97.8
1985 13 313–178 2,392 .569 15 11 26–125 82.6
1986 6 150–77 995 .513 5 8 6–40 61.4
1987 7 210–125 1,639 .595 12 8 22–136 87.4
1988 9 192–114 1,346 .594 6 7 13–79 76.0
1989 San Diego 12 318–176 2,132 .553 10 10 28–167 73.5
1990 Philadelphia 5 9–6 63 .667 0 0 1–7 86.8
1991 12 311–187 2,239 .601 12 11 21–128 80.3
1992 4 43–22 279 .512 1 2 4–25 60.1
1993 Minnesota 12 331–200 1,968 .604 9 8 23–104 76.2
1994 Arizona 3 43–23 219 .535 1 3 3–23 46.6
1995 Green Bay 1 1–1 6 1.00 0 0 0–0 91.7
1996 5 4–3 39 .750 0 0 0–0 105.2
Totals 120 2,573–1,492 18,148 .580 100 90 226–1,344 78.2
Playoff Totals 8 155–82 1,112 .643 5 4 n/a-n/a 76.1

Personal life

McMahon met Nancy Daines at BYU, and the couple married after four years of dating in 1982.[31] They have four children together and divorced in 2009.[32]

See also


  1. ^ Carter, Bob (2007). "McMahon was a rebel without pause". ESPN Classic. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Rock, Brad (September 4, 2010). "Jim McMahon forever BYU's favorite rebel". Deseret News. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "SMU fell to BYU as quarterback Jim McMahon engineered what many dubbed 'the greatest comeback in college football bowl history'." Duffy, Patrick (narrator). "Pony Excess", 30 for 30. ESPN, November 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Jim "Jimmy Mac" McMahon". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  5. ^ "McMahon Inducted into BYU Hall of Fame".
  6. ^ "McMahon's BYU jersey to be retired Oct. 3".
  7. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Edited by Randall Liu, p. 349, Workman Publishing, 2001, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2
  8. ^ In Life, First You Kick Ass: Reflections on the 1985 Bears and Wisdom from Da Coach, Mike Ditka with Rick Telander, Sports Publishing, 2005, ISBN 978-1-58261-977-4
  9. ^ "Chicago Bears' Jim McMahon was the Chad Ochocinco of his day". Chicago Tribune. November 15, 2009.
  10. ^ "The Official Website of the Chicago Bears".
  11. ^ "McMahon 'wasted' while driving", ESPN.com, Accessed December 10, 2006
  12. ^ "Feds target former Bears QB McMahon".
  13. ^ Mitchell, Fred; Kaplan, David (November 6, 2010). "Chicagotribune.Com". Chicago Tribune.
  14. ^ Associated Press (August 19, 2011). "Players accuse NFL of negligence". espn.com. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  15. ^ Falcone, Nina (September 5, 2012). "Sports Illustrated features McMahon, reality of concussions". CSNChicago.com. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  16. ^ Hendrix, Maggie. "Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon says he wishes he had played baseball". Yahoo!.
  17. ^ Magers, Ron (January 28, 2016). "Jim Mcmahon Says Medical Marijuana Helped Him Kick Pain Pill Habit". ABC7 Eyewitness News. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  18. ^ McCoppin, Robert (January 29, 2016). "Ex-Bear Jim McMahon: Medical marijuana got me off narcotic pain pills". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  19. ^ "North American Cannabis Holdings and Former Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon Announce The Cannabis Sports Policy Project" (Press release). PR Newswire. April 19, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  20. ^ Blackburn, Peter (January 12, 2018). "Ex-NFL stars use Netflix to share pro-cannabis PSA calling out Roger Goodell". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  21. ^ Peake, Gage (October 19, 2016). "Ex-Bears QB Jim McMahon Stumps for Arizona Legalization". Leafly. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  22. ^ Jhabvala, Nicki (November 11, 2016). "Players, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation pen letter to NFL urging policy reform". The Denver Post. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  23. ^ "An Open Letter to the National Football League" (PDF). Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. November 11, 2016.
  24. ^ "NFL Steering Committee Members". Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  25. ^ "Celebrities drop in to pay the 15th MEU a holiday visit". 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
  26. ^ Jon Greenberg (January 15, 2010). "Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle" an enduring, endearing sports moment – ESPN Chicago". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  27. ^ Benson, Lee. And They Came to Pass. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988. Print.
  28. ^ America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, "#2. 1985 Chicago Bears." Premiered on CBS, February 3, 2007
  29. ^ Wiedeman, Reeves (October 7, 2011). "What's in a Nickname?". The New Yorker. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  30. ^ "HugeDomains.com - CarolinaGrowl.com is for sale (Carolina Growl)". www.carolinagrowl.com.
  31. ^ Benson, Lee (1988). And They Came To Pass.
  32. ^ Rodkin, Denis. "Jim McMahon Sells His Northbrook Home". Chicago Magazine.

External links

1980 BYU Cougars football team

The 1980 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) for the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Cougars were led by ninth-year head coach LaVell Edwards and played their home games at Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah. The team competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, winning their fifth consecutive conference title with a conference record of 6–1. After a season-opening loss to New Mexico, BYU ended on a 12-game winning streak, including a victory over SMU in the 1980 Holiday Bowl, finishing 12–1 overall and ranked 12th in the final AP Poll.

1981 Holiday Bowl

The 1981 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 18 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was the fourth edition of the Holiday Bowl. The Friday night game was the third of sixteen games in this bowl season and featured the 14th-ranked BYU Cougars, champions of the Western Athletic Conference, and the #20 Washington State Cougars of the Pac-10 Conference.

It was the fourth straight year in the Holiday Bowl for BYU, but the first bowl appearance in 51 years for Washington State, who used a two-quarterback system: junior Clete Casper was the passer and sophomore Ricky Turner the runner. BYU's quarterback was future Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, backed up by sophomore Steve Young, a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and also a Super Bowl champion.

1983 Chicago Bears season

The 1983 Chicago Bears season was their 64th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–8 record under second year head coach Mike Ditka, but missed postseason play. Jim McMahon was the quarterback, who completed 175 of 295 pass attempts. The Bears 1983 NFL Draft class was ranked #3 in NFL Top 10's greatest draft classes.

1984 Chicago Bears season

The 1984 Chicago Bears season was their 65th regular season and 15th post-season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 10–6 record, earning them a spot in the NFL playoffs. The Bears went on to lose in the NFC Championship Game 23–0 to the eventual Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers.

The Bears opened their 1984 training camp in a new location, Platteville, Wisconsin as head coach Mike Ditka needed his team to get away from any distractions they might face at home. The team was on the verge of discovering a group of young leaders for the first time, and began to show the dominating defense that would emerge in full the following season, and pushed much farther than anyone expected them to go.

Chicago opened the season by routing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34–14. In Week Two, they shut out the Denver Broncos 27–0 behind a huge day from star running back Walter Payton. This game featured a famous image from Payton's career: a 50+ yard run down the sideline, led by 2nd-year guard Mark Bortz, an 8th round draft pick that was converted from defensive tackle.

In Week Three, they were without the services of starting quarterback Jim McMahon at Green Bay, reserve quarterback Bob Avellini took the reins. Chicago's offense performed poorly, but still managed a 9–7 victory. This contest marked the first meeting between Mike Ditka and Packers head coach Forrest Gregg. It would be a rivalry that would go down in history as arguably the dirtiest era in Chicago-Green Bay football.In Week Four, the Bears' lack of offensive power was evident as they lost to the Seattle Seahawks 38–9. After this loss, Ditka cut Avellini. The following week, the Bears lost to the Dallas Cowboys 23–14, bringing their record to 3–2.

On October 7, 1984, Walter Payton reached a major milestone as he surpassed Jim Brown as the game's all-time leading rusher in yards, he did it in the third quarter of a Week Six home game against the New Orleans Saints. The Bears beat the Saints 20–7. Incidentally, the 1984 Bears ran for the second-most rushing attempts in a season, with 674.In Week Seven, the Bears lost 38–21 to the Cardinals in St. Louis the following week. Sitting at 4–3, the Bears proceeded to win three in a row. They beat Tampa Bay 44–9, then Minnesota Vikings at home, 16–7. Following the Minnesota win came the biggest challenge for the Bears: a showdown with the defending world champion Los Angeles Raiders. The Bears beat the Raiders 17–6, a game that showcased Richard Dent, who collected three sacks against Raiders QB Marc Wilson. Dent would finish with 17.5 sacks, third-most for the season behind Mark Gastineau and Andre Tippett. The Bears would then record 72 sacks, a team record. The Bears' victory was marred by a kidney laceration suffered by Jim McMahon, ending his season.

Six-year veteran QB Steve Fuller had been acquired from the Los Angeles Rams prior to the 1984 season for insurance in case McMahon was injured. The investment paid off, as Fuller guided the Bears to a 2–1 record over the next 3 games. In the third game at Minnesota's new Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Week Thirteen, the team clinched its first NFC Central Division title.

After the Minnesota game, Fuller was injured, and Chicago was faced with another quarterback problem. Ineffective Rusty Lisch replaced the injured Fuller and lost the Week Fourteen game at San Diego, then started the following week against Green Bay at home. Lisch was again ineffective, so Ditka inserted none other than Walter Payton behind center in the shotgun formation. Payton, unsurprisingly, was ineffective as well, and the Bears lost to the Packers 20–14.

Fuller was expected to return by the playoffs, but Ditka did not want to enter the postseason with another loss. The Bears signed 14-year journeyman Greg Landry to start his last NFL game against his previous team, the Detroit Lions, in the season finale. The Bears won 30–13, and were headed to the playoffs for the first time since 1979.

1986 Chicago Bears season

The 1986 Chicago Bears season was their 67th regular season and 17th post-season completed in the National Football League. The Bears entered the season looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, as they had won in 1985. Chicago managed to finish 14–2, one game off of their 1985 record of 15–1, and tied the New York Giants for the league’s best record.

After winning the championship in 1985, the Bears seemed like a dynasty in the making. However, quarterback Jim McMahon showed up to training camp 25 pounds overweight – the product of the post-Super Bowl partying he’d partaken in. Nonetheless, he was once again named as the starter. Injuries, however, derailed his season. McMahon played in only six of the team’s first 12 games.

Aided by a strong offensive line, the Bears were once again led on offense by Walter Payton. Payton remained his usual stellar self, posting his 10th and final 1,000-yard season. With McMahon’s poor play, as well as the equally poor play of backups Mike Tomczak, Steve Fuller and Doug Flutie, Payton was the sole spark on offense, which ranked 13th in the NFL.

As had been the case the year before, the Bears were once again led by their explosive defense. Any shortcomings on the offensive side of the ball were more than made up for on the defensive side. They once again were ranked #1 in the NFL. The Bears’ defense became the third defense in the history of the NFL to lead the league in fewest points allowed and fewest total yards allowed for two consecutive seasons. The Bears’ 187 points allowed is the fewest surrendered by any team in the 1980s (other than the strike-shortened 1982 season) – even fewer than the 198 points the Bears allowed in their historic 1985 season.

However, the Bears were not able to recapture their magic from the season before and were bounced from the playoffs in their first game by the Washington Redskins.

1991 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1991 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 59th season in the National Football League.

Despite having a 10–6 record and finishing with the top-ranked defense in the NFL, the Eagles failed to make the playoffs. During Week 1, quarterback Randall Cunningham was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Statistics site Football Outsiders ranks the 1991 Eagles as the greatest defensive team in their ranking's history. Says Football Outsiders, The 1991 Eagles completely lap the field in terms of defensive DVOA. Only the 2002 Bucs had a better pass defense, and only the 2000 Ravens had a better run defense, and the Eagles were much more balanced than either of those teams.

It's crazy to imagine how few points the Eagles might have given up if they were playing with a halfway-decent offense instead of losing Randall Cunningham to a torn ACL in the first game of the season. The Eagles were stuck depending on an over-the-hill Jim McMahon for 11 starts, plus Jeff Kemp for two and Brad Goebel for two. McMahon actually wasn't half bad ... but the other two quarterbacks were awful, especially Goebel who had no touchdowns with six interceptions. And the running game was dreadful, with 3.1 yards per carry as a team.

Still, the Eagles were fifth in the league in points allowed, and first in yards allowed by nearly 400 yards – and the team that was second in yards allowed is also on that top-ten defenses list, the 1991 New Orleans Saints. The Eagles allowed 3.9 yards per play, where no other team allowed fewer than 4.5. As bad as their running game was, their run defense was even better, allowing 3.0 yards per carry. Three-fourths of the starting defensive line was All-Pro (Reggie White, Jerome Brown, and Clyde Simmons). Linebacker Seth Joyner and cornerback Eric Allen made the Pro Bowl as well.

1993 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1993 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 33rd in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. With a record of 9–7, the team was unable to match the success of the previous season. Their season ended with a 17–10 loss to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round.

Newly acquired Jim McMahon, who was known for helping the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl in 1985, was the Vikings starting quarterback for the season. He spent only one year with the team and after the season, the rebuilding Vikings decided not to renew McMahon's contract and he would go on to sign with other teams. The Vikings later acquired Warren Moon for next season.

Cris Carter and John Randle were named to play in the Pro Bowl after the season. It was the first Pro Bowl for both future Hall of Famers.

Terry Allen, who had a breakout season the previous year, missed the entire season after tearing his ACL in practice.

BYU Cougars football

The BYU Cougars football team is the college football program representing Brigham Young University (BYU), a private university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and located in Provo, Utah. The Cougars began collegiate football competition in 1922, and have won 23 conference championships and one national championship in 1984. The team has competed in several different athletic conferences during its history, but since July 1, 2011, they have competed as an Independent. The team plays home games at the 63,470-seat LaVell Edwards Stadium, which is named after legendary head coach LaVell Edwards. LaVell Edwards won 19 conference championships, seven bowl games, and one national championship (1984) while coaching at BYU, and is regarded as the most successful coach in BYU program history.

BYU Cougars football statistical leaders

The BYU Cougars football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the BYU Cougars football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Cougars represent Brigham Young University as an independent in NCAA Division I FBS.

Although BYU began competing in intercollegiate football in 1922, these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1922, seasons have increased from 6 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Cougars have played in 13 bowl games since then, allowing many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

Similarly, the Cougars have played games at Hawaii 16 times since 1978. When a team plays at Hawaii, they are allowed to schedule another game beyond the usual limit.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

James E. McMahon

James E. McMahon is an American attorney and 38th United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota.

James McMahon

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James McMahon (priest) (1817–1901), Irish born priest

James McMahon (Canadian politician) (1830–1909), Ontario, Canada doctor and politician

Les McMahon (James Leslie McMahon, 1930–2015), former Australian Labor politician

James McMahon (astronomer), American amateur astronomer

James McMahon (mathematician) (1856–1922), American educator and mathematician

James E. McMahon, United States Attorney in South Dakota

Brien McMahon (James O'Brien McMahon, 1903–1952), United States senator

Jim McMahon (born 1959), American football player

Jim McMahon (director), American film director, screenwriter and producer

Jim McMahon (politician) (born 1980), British politician

Jim McMahon (director)

Jim McMahon is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He co-wrote, directed and produced the 2005 feature film Bloodshed. He also produced Ciao (2008), was the executive producer of G.D.M.F. (2006), Deadroom (2005) and the producer of An Eye for Detail (2002). He is currently in post-production on his latest short film, Perfectly Normal (2014), starring Jennifer Restivo, Andrew Pastides, and Mike Houston.

Jim McMahon (politician)

James Ignatius O'Rourke McMahon, (born 7 July 1980) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician who is MP for Oldham West and Royton, having won the seat at a by-election in December 2015. He has been a councillor since 2003 and served as leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Labour and Co-operative

Labour and Co-operative Party (often abbreviated Labour Co-op; Welsh: Llafur a’r Blaid Gydweithredol) is a description used by candidates in United Kingdom elections who stand on behalf of both the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party.

Candidates contest elections under an electoral alliance between the two parties, that was first agreed in 1927. This agreement recognises the independence of the two parties and commits them to not standing against each other in elections. It also sets out the procedures for both parties to select joint candidates and interact at a local and national level.

At the 2017 general election, 38 Labour and Co-operative MPs were elected, making it the third largest political grouping in the House of Commons, although Labour Co-operative MPs are generally included in Labour totals. The Chair of the Co-operative Parliamentary Group is Jim McMahon and the Vice-chair is Anna Turley.

List of Chicago Bears starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Bears.

List of NCAA major college football yearly passing leaders

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List of Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Eagles.

Oldham West and Royton (UK Parliament constituency)

Oldham West and Royton is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. It has been represented by Jim McMahon of the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party since 4 December 2015, after winning a by-election following the death of Michael Meacher on 21 October 2015.

Rusty Lisch

Russell John "Rusty" Lisch (born December 21, 1956) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League. He played five seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (1980–1983) and the Chicago Bears (1984). After 5 seasons in the NFL, Lisch only managed 1 touchdown versus 11 interceptions thrown. He retired with a 25.1 passer rating.At the University of Notre Dame, Lisch was part of Dan Devine's first recruiting class in 1975. He made his first start in place of injured Rick Slager in 1976, achieving a 40-27 victory against Miami. He started the first three games of 1977 but then would yield the starting job to Joe Montana. Lisch would finally be named the permanent starting quarterback as a fifth-year senior in 1979, winning seven of ten starts, highlighted by his 336-yard passing effort as the Irish rallied from a 17-3 deficit against South Carolina for an 18-17 victory.

Lisch's rather bad NFL career caused him to receive the "honor" as the worst player in NFL history from sports blog Deadspin in 2011, saying:

One year later, with Jim McMahon and Steve Fuller hurt, Lisch started a game for the Bears against Green Bay. He played so poorly that Mike Ditka pulled him, "for Walter Payton."His son is professional basketball player, Kevin Lisch.

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