What with the faltering start of his Chicago Bears and the Knox family, Papa Bear George Halas has had a lot to worry about the last two weeks. The Bears have lost two games in a row and, it appears, Ronnie Knox, too

October 13, 1957

George Halas, the gentleman who owns and for 30-odd years coached the Chicago Bears, is now an even-tempered man. He was known for a blazing temper during his coaching days; once, in a fit of pique over a pass completed against his team, he tripped the receiver as he crossed the sideline in front of the Bear bench. But since then Papa Bear Halas has mellowed. His Bears have, in the last two years, begun to resemble the Monsters of the Midway of the early '40s. His life is—or has been—tranquil.

Last week, Papa Bear appeared ready to revert to his early form. The Bears lost their first two games. And, to add to Mr. Halas' sorrows, Harvey Knox undertook to call signals for one of the Bear quarterbacks—a tall, handsome and very capable youngster named Ronnie Knox who has been a peripatetic football player.

The Bears drafted Ronnie this year. Someone said when Halas drafted him: "There are 11 cowards here and George Halas." Ronnie's stepfather, Harvey, had made cowards of the other pro owners. He had moved Ronnie through three high schools, two colleges and one Canadian pro club, seeking a coach who appreciated his stepson's talents enough to suit Harvey. When George Halas signed Ronnie this year, Harvey gave a press party in Los Angeles to announce the event—on Halas' expense account.

During the time Bear Coach Paddy Driscoll was trying to fit Knox into the Bear offensive picture, Harvey remained quiet. Ronnie, who can play quarterback or halfback, played neither very much, and Halas explained that he needed to familiarize himself with the Bear system. Ronnie, who says nearly nothing, said he was studying 16 hours a day.

Harvey was quietly stewing 16 hours a day and finally blew his top. He accused Halas of paying Ronnie only $75 for four exhibition games when he had promised $500, and Halas said the $75 was meal money, the $500 due at season's end. But George kept his temper until last week, when his team lost its opener to lightly regarded Green Bay. Then, on the heels of Harvey's blast, he suspended Ronnie from the club for 1) missing practice twice in 12 days, 2) missing three quarterback skull sessions and 3) being late to practice several times. The Bears lost again Saturday night, to the Baltimore Colts. It now appears a good bet that Ronnie's hopes for a big league career are over, although Harvey started sending up peace signals when he learned how firm Halas can be.

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PHOTORONNIE KNOX may never carry ball being handed him by Bears' Paddy Driscoll.

X-RAY FOR LAST WEEK'S GAMES

Pts

Yds. Rush

Yds. Pass.

Pass Comp.

Giants

24

183

193

13-22

Browns

23

106

154

11-19

Colts

21

177

162

17-27

Redskins

37

247

180

8-13

Lions

24

249

84

9-20

49ers

23

196

122

7-15

Eagles

20

57

16

5-12

Steelers

12

63

255

17-25

Bears

10

29

133

8-23

Cardinals

14

76

147

7-17

Packers

14

98

119

11-29

Rams

20

184

217

12-24

LEAGUE STANDINGS

Won

Lost

Tied

Pct.

EASTERN DIVISION

Cleveland

2

0

0

1.000

Chicago Cards

1

1

0

.500

New York

1

1

0

.500

Pittsburgh

1

1

0

.500

Washington

1

1

0

.500

Philadelphia

0

2

0

.000

WESTERN DIVISION

Baltimore

2

0

0

1.000

Los Angeles

1

1

0

.500

Green Bay

1

1

0

.500

Detroit

1

1

0

.500

San Francisco

1

1

0

.500

Chicago Bears

0

2

0

.000

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)