Chicago's Marv Levy Reflects On Today's NFL

George Ofman
June 04, 2018 - 8:45 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Bears great Brian Urlacher goes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August and when he does, a Chicagoan from way back will be sure to shake his hand.

"I think he exemplifies a lot of the things that are right about the game," says Marv Levy, the longtime coach of the Buffalo Bills.  "He's a good teammate, he honored the game … he was a great player. I'll be there and showing my pleasure."

Levy returned to his original hometown this week, along with several other legends, for the Hall's "Salute to Greatness" fundraising event. The money goes to support Beyond Sports Foundation, which works with student-athletes to improve their professional prospects both on and off the field.

"We only had two rules for our players," Levy said. "Be a good citizen and be on time. We adhered to those pretty darn well."

Levy graduated South Shore High School in the early-1940s. He's 92 now, and while the game has changed, it hasn't passed him by.

"Everything evolves, whether it's journalism, medicine, or football," he said. “The players are bigger, they're faster, the collisions become ever more and more intense. The salaries are something which I never could believe would be the case -- you know, in my day, no one ever earned $1 million, and that was 20 years ago."