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Jim Covert

Football ∙ Conway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James “Jimbo” Covert was the biggest - literally and figuratively - athlete to come out of Conway. While attending Freedom High School, his exploits as both a wrestler and a football player became legendary. In football, his scholastic career earned him status as a member of the Western Pennsylvania All Time High School team, the only player selected both offensively and defensively. Jim went to the University of Pittsburgh, where his efforts were concentrated on the offensive side of the ball as a tackle. He was twice named an All American on Pitt teams that were among the best on the school’s history and was named to Pitt’s All Time team. An Outland Trophy candidate, he allowed only three sacks his collegiate career and none as a senior for a team that averaged thirty passes a game. A first round pick of the Chicago Bears (sixth overall), Jimbo was a standout from the beginning, earning All Rookie honors in 1983 and was named team captain in his second year. He had a spectacular season in 1985: he was named the NFC Offensive Lineman of the Year, was a consensus All Pro, and earned his first Pro Bowl appearance, with the season culminating with the Bears destroying the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl under Coach Mike Ditka. The following year, Jim was named NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year as the Bears led the league in rushing for the fourth consecutive season. His high caliber of play continued for the next several seasons, with his being named All Pro a total of five times. In 1990, Covert was not penalized all year for holding. Back problems that began in 1988 finally took its toll on Jim, and he spent the entire 1991 season on injured reserve, which led to his retirement. Jim was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, was named to the NFL's All Time team of the 1980s, and was selected by the Chicago Tribune to the 75th anniversary All Time Chicago Bears team.