Jimbo Covert, Ed Sprinkle Selected To Hall Of Fame

The Bears had two greats elected to the Hall of Fame's centennial class.

Chris Emma
January 15, 2020 - 8:14 am
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(670 The Score) Bears greats Jimbo Covert and Ed Sprinkle have been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The elections for Covert and Sprinkle were revealed Wednesday morning as part of the special 15-member Hall of Fame centennial class, which was selected by a 25-member Blue Ribbon Panel last week. Covert and Sprinkle earned their entry as senior members, characterized as players who last played more than 25 years ago.

The sixth overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, Covert played his entire eight-year career with the Bears. He was a staple on the Bears' offensive line from 1983-'90, playing 111 games at tackle. Covert was a two-time Pro Bowl selection, and he was part of six division championships for the Bears and the Super Bowl XX victory in January 1986.

Covert received the news Wednesday morning with a phone call from Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker.

"It was really emotional," Covert said on the Mully & Haugh Show later Wednesday morning. "I thought about my dad, my family, my wife, the kids and all the stuff you have to go through all those years. And then all your teammates and everybody you played with, your coaches, all the way kind of to Pop Warner football and all your buddies from high school. Everything just kind of flashes before you in a quick period of time. You get pretty emotional."

The late Sprinkle spent his entire 12-year career with the Bears from 1944-'55, playing 132 games at defensive end. He was recently selected to the NFL's all-decade team. Sprinkle passed away in 2014 at the age of 90. 

With the additions of Covert and Sprinkle, the Bears will have 30 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the most of any NFL team.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.