In this series, Pro Football Weekly publisher Hub Arkush talks about his favorite books, and what makes them special to him. Today, he talks about No. 10 on his top-ten books about football list, ‘Halas by Halas,’ as told to Gwen Morgan and Arthur Veysey.
In January of '79 I covered my first Super Bowl, XIII between the Cowboys and the Steelers — the Jackie Smith game — not knowing it would be my Dad's last. On the way to Miami, my Dad asked me what's the one thing you'd really like to do this week, knowing that Halas was being honored and that he and my Dad had a relationship.
I said "Dad, I'd really like to meet George Halas."
Today there are 4,000-to-5,000 credentialed members of the media at the Super Bowl. In those days there were 300 or 400. On the Friday morning before the game, my Dad took me to the press room. As we walked in from across the room I heard someone call out "Hey Artie (my dad was Arthur Arkush) is that the boy you want me to coach up for you?" To my amazement it was George Halas. As he made his way across the room to us – a couple weeks short of his 84th birthday – he was still spry as a spring chicken.
Of course Halas and my Dad had set me up, and I couldn't have cared less: I was 25 years old, and spent the next half hour talking football with the "Father of the NFL.” To this day it is one of the three or four highlights of my career.