Former Bears chairman Michael McCaskey passes away at 76

Former Chicago Bears chairman Michael McCaskey has died after a long battle with cancer, the team announced on Saturday. He was 76.

The grandson of George C. Halas, McCaskey joined the organization in 1983, succeeding his grandfather as the team’s president and chief executive officer. He served in that role until 1999, when he became the Bears’ chairman. He was voted the NFL’s Executive of the Year following Chicago’s Super Bowl championship season in 1985.

In 2005, McCaskey co-founded the Bears Care charity, which has raised over $21 million for more than 100 agencies in the surrounding area. These fundraising efforts have helped a wide array of programs, including education, youth athletics and medical research and health awareness programs focusing on breast and ovarian cancer.

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