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September 27, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Jim McMahon calls baseball his first love and says he probably would have chosen a career in that sport if he had been given the opportunity.  Had he done so, however, McMahon never would have become that "punky QB" who shuffled all the way to a Super Bowl victory with the Chicago Bears in 1986, a gig that the former quarterback says still helps pay the bills today. “That was my first love, was baseball, and had I had a scholarship to play baseball. I probably would have played just baseball,” McMahon said in an interview that aired Wednesday on Fox affiliate WFLD-TV.
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September 27, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Jim McMahon calls baseball his first love and says he probably would have chosen a career in that sport if he had been given the opportunity.  Had he done so, however, McMahon never would have become that "punky QB" who shuffled all the way to a Super Bowl victory with the Chicago Bears in 1986, a gig that the former quarterback says still helps pay the bills today. “That was my first love, was baseball, and had I had a scholarship to play baseball. I probably would have played just baseball,” McMahon said in an interview that aired Wednesday on Fox affiliate WFLD-TV.
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April 27, 1990
The San Diego Chargers released quarterback Jim McMahon Thursday after an eight-month stay. General Manager Bobby Beathard said the Chargers and Steve Zucker, McMahon's agent, were unable to agree on terms. Zucker confirmed from his office in Chicago that McMahon was seeking more than the $800,000 he played for last season. McMahon's contract, which expired Feb. 1, made him the highest-paid Charger.
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September 4, 2010 | By Mike Hiserman
OK, so maybe Tim Tebow really was that good. Florida, playing a Miami of Ohio team that was a five-touchdown underdog coming off a 1-11 2009 season, had 36 yards of offense Saturday until Jeffery Demps broke loose on a 72-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Gators won comfortably, 34-12, but it wasn't pretty. Florida finished with 212 yards of offense — same as its opponent — and Coach Urban Meyer was blunt in his assessment. "I didn't imagine the offense's incompetence that we experienced today," he told reporters.
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July 14, 2010 | T.J. Simers
It's been 21 years since Jim McMahon tried playing quarterback for the Chargers, and in answer to a question about the team's failing two-minute offense, put a finger alongside his nostril and blew his nose on me. So here we were again Wednesday at the American Century Championship, punk QB and mild-mannered columnist reunited, McMahon asking a celebrity golf tournament official if he could get a waiver should he have to choke someone....
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February 1, 1986
If Jim McMahon wants to make a statement with a headband, perhaps he ought to consider the damage to the whole sport if advertisers can cover his body with decals instead of paying the networks. Like many fathers of teen-aged kids, I have always been a booster of the values of team sport. I wonder how Mr. McMahon would like raising or coaching a boy like himself. If he can't accept the rules which protect him, he will be busted (probably literally) by someone or something much like himself.
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January 10, 1986 | CHRISTINE BRENNAN, Washington Post
Jim McMahon walks into an interview wearing a fur-lined leather jacket over a white T-shirt, red tights, white tennis shoes and black-and-white wraparound sunglasses with polka-dot glass. With all this, plus a do-it-yourself punk haircut now grown out, he looks more like Sid Vicious than Sid Luckman. It's a good thing for the Chicago Bears he plays more like Luckman. For the jacket and tights, there's no explanation. But he has to wear the shades.
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November 6, 1989 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seemed almost impossible to believe that this really was the same guy we've all been hearing about this past week. Well, let it be told now that not only was Charger quarterback Jim McMahon civil Sunday, he was actually quite friendly. Not once did he blow his nose on anyone. Not once did he utter an obscenity. He was polite and well-mannered. And never, ever, did he raise his voice.
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November 29, 1995 | Times Wire Services
The Green Bay Packers, looking for a backup to quarterback Brett Favre, claimed Jim McMahon on waivers from Cleveland on Tuesday. McMahon, 36, is in his 14th season in the NFL and will be joining his seventh team. McMahon played for the Chicago Bears from 1982-88, leading them to the Super Bowl after the 1985 season. He went to San Diego in 1989 and also played for Philadelphia, Minnesota and Arizona before joining Cleveland this season.
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August 22, 1989 | MICHAEL WILBON, Washington Post
Richard Dent and Steve McMichael were getting dressed side by side in the Bears locker room, talking simultaneously and revealing just how varied and deep the feelings could run over Jim McMahon. "He was a personal friend of mine and I'm gonna miss him, miss him bad," Dent said. "Whatever he did off the field, he went out there and backed it all up." McMichael was one of the Bears who walked over to McMahon, after his first game as a San Diego Charger Saturday night.
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July 14, 2010 | T.J. Simers
It's been 21 years since Jim McMahon tried playing quarterback for the Chargers, and in answer to a question about the team's failing two-minute offense, put a finger alongside his nostril and blew his nose on me. So here we were again Wednesday at the American Century Championship, punk QB and mild-mannered columnist reunited, McMahon asking a celebrity golf tournament official if he could get a waiver should he have to choke someone....
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December 20, 1998 | T.J. SIMERS
Question: Is that Jim McMahon playing again for the Bears? Answer: Don't let the jersey number and the bad form fool you--that's Tom Beck. Beck, who has been working as a residential loan officer in a Greeley, Colo., bank, will wear No. 9 for the Bears as a backup, replacing Moses Moreno, who was put on injured reserve. "I don't want to disrespect Jim McMahon," said Beck, but how could you do that? "I'll just try to do the best I can with it."
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January 27, 1997 | MAL FLORENCE
Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Green Bay quarterback Jim McMahon, now on the downside of his career, decides whether to do mop-up duty in one-sided games. "When the Packers beat the 49ers at Lambeau Field in the gloppy mud, [Brett] Favre ran off the field with seven minutes left and told McMahon, 'You're in.' "McMahon replied, 'Bull. . . I'm not gonna go in and kneel down in all that mud. I'm stayin' right here by the heater."
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January 14, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Packers' role model for Super Bowl XXXI will be Jim McMahon. Women and children, obviously, should stay indoors, and the media should gear up for special sections on the benefits of acupuncture. Helicopters overhead are warned not to look at your favorite Packer if you shame easily. Jim McMahon? Why don't they just rent Steve Martin's movie, "The Jerk," and play it on the plane to New Orleans.
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November 29, 1995 | Times Wire Services
The Green Bay Packers, looking for a backup to quarterback Brett Favre, claimed Jim McMahon on waivers from Cleveland on Tuesday. McMahon, 36, is in his 14th season in the NFL and will be joining his seventh team. McMahon played for the Chicago Bears from 1982-88, leading them to the Super Bowl after the 1985 season. He went to San Diego in 1989 and also played for Philadelphia, Minnesota and Arizona before joining Cleveland this season.
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September 15, 1994 | Associated Press
Jim McMahon will replace Steve Beuerlein at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday when they play the Cleveland Browns and try to end a two-game losing skid. Beuerlein started 14 games last season and set a franchise record with 61.7% passing for career bests of 3,164 yards and 18 touchdowns. But this year, Beuerlein is the NFL's lowest-rated quarterback (42.8), completing only 45% of his passes with three interceptions and one touchdown.
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January 25, 1986 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writer
Maybe when he is older, Jim McMahon will tell us what goes on up there. Or even if there is a there. McMahon, quarterback of the Chicago Bears, has almost everybody confounded, amazed, impressed, angered or some combination thereof. He is a prism through which light is refracted, coming out every which way in every color of the rainbow. The guesswork occurs in trying to determine if his success is the result of genius or guile.
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June 3, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Quarterback Jim McMahon, changing teams for the fourth time, signed Thursday with the Arizona Cardinals. The team also waived defensive backs John Booty and Chuck Cecil and signed cornerback Lorenzo Lynch, an unrestricted free agent. McMahon, 35, had said after Tuesday's tryout he knew he would be coming aboard to back up Steve Beuerlein. He has been through eight playoffs in 12 seasons and quarterbacked Chicago to victory in the 1986 Super Bowl.
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March 15, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Minnesota Vikings, deeming Jim McMahon too expensive, Monday cut the quarterback they had hoped would put them in the Super Bowl. McMahon, who will turn 35 before next season, could still return to the Vikings, but on their terms. Now an unrestricted free agent, McMahon might rejoin former Chicago Bear defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, coach of the Phoenix Cardinals. McMahon would have made about $2.1 million this year had the Vikings retained him.
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