CHICAGO – There were many things that were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that was a shame for 20 former members of the National Football League.
That’s because the Centennial Class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which was named early in 2020, couldn’t be enshrined for an entire year. Included in that group was former Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jim Covert, who had to wait a bit to enjoy a most special day.
He’ll join the others in the centennial class along with the Class of 2021 for the enshrinement ceremonies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio this weekend. Covert will go in with others from the Class of 2020 in event on Saturday at 5:30 PM CST with the Class of 2021 enshrinement taking place on Sunday evening at 6 PM CST.
Drafted in the first round out of Pittsburgh in 1983, Covert was a mainstay on the Bears’ offensive line from that year through 1991. He was twice been named to the Pro Bowl and two other times a selection as an NFL first-team All-Pro, both happening in 1985 and 1986.
Covert was on injured reserve in 1991 but was still a part of the team, not officially retiring from the NFL until 1992 after dealing with back injuries.
That’s part of another busy weekend of Chicago sports that includes Cubs-White Sox at Wrigley Field, the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics, and matches for the Chicago Red Stars and Chicago Fire FC.
Larry Hawley had more on this in “The Weekend Ahead” on the 3 PM WGN News Now program on Friday, and you can see that in the link below.