Mike Pyle, captain of the 1963 NFL championship Chicago Bears and former WGN Radio broadcaster, has died, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He was 76.
Pyle graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka where was an Illinois State Champion in heavyweight wrestling, discus, and shot-put, and a member of the All-State Football Team. He went on to play football at Yale University, where he was captain of the first undefeated team in 37 years. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round in 1961 and became starting center. He was team captain 1963-1969, including the team’s championship season in 1963. Playing honors included being elected All-Pro in 1963 and playing in the 1964 Pro Bowl. He served as the President of the NFL Players’ Association and co-founded the NFLPA Awards Dinner to benefit the Better Boys Foundation.
After his playing career, Pyle joined WGN Radio as Bears pregame and postgame host as well as host of the “Sports Sunday” program. Among other post-football activities, he served as executive vice president of the Chicago Sting Soccer Club, worked as an account executive for Media Communication, Inc., in Chicago, and broadcast play-by-play for Chicago Fire football.
According to the Chicago Tribune’s Fred Mitchell, visitation for Mike Pyle will be held 3-8 p.m., Thursday, August 6, at Donnellan Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd., in Skokie. A memorial service will be 10 a.m., Friday, August 7 at Christ Church, 784 Sheridan Road in Winnetka.