Jerry Vainisi, general manager of Bears Super Bowl team, dead at 80

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NFL enforcement Jerry Vainisi, who helped physique 1 of the astir celebrated shot teams of each time, died Tuesday astatine 80 years old, the Chicago Bears announced.

Vainisi was wide manager of the Bears from 1983-87, including the iconic 1985 season, during which the Bears went 15-1 successful the regular play and past outscored its opponents successful the postseason 91-10 en way to winning Super Bowl XX.

He joined the Bears successful 1972, serving arsenic controller, treasurer and in-house counsel earlier being named wide manager. The Bears won 47 games during his 4 seasons arsenic GM. In 1987, Vainisi was fired owed to differences with squad president Michael McCaskey.

Jerry Vainisi Jerry Vainisi leaves Halas Hall aft helium was fired from his presumption with the enactment successful Chicago, Illinois. Behind him is simply a representation of the precocious George Halas, who hired Vainisi arsenic a controller successful 1972.Sporting News via Getty Images

“I volition ever admit the fewer years I spent with Jerry and americium everlastingly grateful for his determination to prosecute maine arsenic the Bears controller successful 1983, which started my 40-year vocation with the Bears,” said existent Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips. “My thoughts and prayers are with him and his full family.”

Vainisi aboriginal worked for the Detroit Lions and helped make the shot operations for the World League of American Football, aboriginal known arsenic NFL Europe.

In his post-football career, Vainisi took implicit Hinshaw & Culbertson’s sports and amusement instrumentality part successful Chicago and bought Forest Park Bank before becoming its president and CEO.

Vainisi is survived by his precise bully person Doris Vainisi, 5 children and 14 grandchildren.