Bears announce passing of "The Legend"


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RIP Clyde Emrich
RIP Clyde Emrich

Sad news to report tonight.

The Chicago Bears announced the passing of the team's pioneering strength coach Clyde Emrich on Wednesday at the age of 90.

He was affectionately called 'The Legend' as he worked for the Bears for 50 years starting part-time in 1963. He became the NFL's first-ever strength coach in 1971.

Bears vice president Brian McCaskey released the following heartfelt statement.

"I had the privilege of working with Clyde for nearly 40 years," McCaskey said. "He was a wonderful mentor to me and many others and was well-respected by everyone in the Bears family as well as around the league. Clyde revolutionized the way teams trained for an NFL season. He shared his knowledge and expertise with athletes from all walks of life and at all levels. Clyde would always say, 'give me an athlete, and I'll make them an even better athlete by making them stronger.'

"One of the things that makes Clyde's story so unique is that he was self-taught. As accomplished as Clyde was, he was driven to be the best at his craft. A 'Legend' in every sense, he was a wonderful friend to many. He is irreplaceable and will be missed by everyone who knew him."

BearsHQ would like to give out our most heartfelt condolences to Emrich's friends, family, and the entire Bears community.

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