Willie Galimore

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JuggernautJ
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Re: Willie Galimore

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rewing84 wrote: Sun Nov 26, 2023 2:56 am ...in my opinon if we are discussing bears players on the offensive side of the ball that are more deserving than WG may i introduce Jay Hilgenberg
You don't have to "introduce" him.
He is already in the Hall of Very Good. :)

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rewing84
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Re: Willie Galimore

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Gotcha
readjack
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Re: Willie Galimore

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Galimore was the senior finalist in 1992 but was not elected. Very tough case because of his early death along with splitting time with Rick Casares. But Casares only played one more year with the Bears after 1963, and Galimore's touches would have gone up. We might not have drafted Sayers in '65 if Galimore was alive (which opens a whole other worm hole) and Galimore's numbers might have looked much different.

As it stands, he was a big-play guy with great speed and shiftiness. Almost a Sayers before Sayers. In seven seasons he was in the top 10 three times in both rushing yards and rushing TDs. Cleared 5.0 yards per carry twice.
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Re: Willie Galimore

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Had Casares not had injury problems and problems with George Halas, might have made the HOF ... Mike Ditka thought he was the toughest player he ever had as a teammate.
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Re: Willie Galimore

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readjack wrote: Wed Dec 06, 2023 12:20 pm Galimore was the senior finalist in 1992 but was not elected. Very tough case because of his early death along with splitting time with Rick Casares. But Casares only played one more year with the Bears after 1963, and Galimore's touches would have gone up. We might not have drafted Sayers in '65 if Galimore was alive (which opens a whole other worm hole) and Galimore's numbers might have looked much different.

As it stands, he was a big-play guy with great speed and shiftiness. Almost a Sayers before Sayers. In seven seasons he was in the top 10 three times in both rushing yards and rushing TDs. Cleared 5.0 yards per carry twice.
I was around when Willie Galimore was a player and saw him on TV. He wasn't seen the way Gale Sayers was. Sayers became nationally known in 1965 after his six TD game and made a tremendous impact. He was being called the second best RB of all time on the basis of his rookie season.
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Re: Willie Galimore

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Thank you! My sense from reading, watching and talking to people alive then was that Galimore was discussed the way that Sayers was, but ultimately less so. It just stood out more because he came first. Like how if Bledsoe came after Brady instead of before him, he would been viewed as a letdown and lesser (even as different types of players) than as the Marino heir he seemed to be early. Or how Phil Jackson saying that Steph Curry reminded him of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Or even Dante Hall just before Devin Hester.

Thoughts?
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Re: Willie Galimore

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Galimore was an exciting runner, similar to Paul Lowe in the AFL but more a role player. Got nicked up a lot but you wonder what the Bears would have done had he not died? Maybe his running would have been enough in 1964, where they wouldnt have been in position to draft Sayers?

What is your opinion on Eberflus and the Bears, Jack? Should he have kept his job? Will the Bears keep Fields and pay him or go cheaper with Williams in the draft?
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