After waiting 30 years, Jimbo Covert didn’t mind the extra 18 months.
In January 2020, the former Bears left tackle was one of 10 senior candidates picked to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 20-person centennial class. The senior members, all of whom played more than 25 years ago, were selected by a panel of experts in celebration of the league’s 100th season — and as a way to try to clear the Hall’s backlog of worthy players.
When the coronavirus scuttled the Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony last year, Covert — who played for the Bears from 1983-90, spent 1991 on injured reserve and then retired — had to play a new waiting game.
He was thrilled to be a Hall of Famer — “Once you’re in, you’re in,” he said — but couldn’t wait for the ceremony.
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