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About Bill George

William ("Bill") George was an NFL football player who  played for the Chicago Bears. Bill was the Bears' second-round draft pick in 1951.  He was selected to play in eight consecutive Pro Bowls, from 1954 to 1961.  George is credited as the first true middle linebacker in football history and the creator of the 4–3 defense. 

Hall of Famer Art Donovan had this to say about Bill George: "It's real hard to make the call, but the best linebacker I've ever seen play may have been the Bears' George. He was wild; he'd psyche himself up into a frenzy when he played. Then you'd meet him off the field and he was a completely different guy, another Clark Kent."

In addition to his 18 career interceptions, George also recovered 19 fumbles, and in 1954 scored 25 points on 13 PATs and four field goals. In 1963, he led the Bears defense when they won the NFL Championship.

George was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. The Bears retired his uniform number 61.  In 1999, Bill George was ranked number 49 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. 

William ("Bill") George later founded BGIS. After his success on the football field, Bill applied his energy and his commitment to Execution Excellence as he formed the (then) new and successful family business, Bill George Industry Supply. 

Bill passed on his strong work ethic and later the family business to his son, Leo George.  Leo George is today the proud owner and manager of this family business. Leo and the team continue the strong commitment to teamwork and Execution Excellence, as started by his father early on. 


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