Jim Covert had a stellar college career at the University of Pittsburgh. As the team’s left tackle, he was named All-American twice and did not allow a sack in his senior season. Selected in the first round by the Chicago Bears in 1983, Covert made an immediate impact. With Covert blocking and Walter Payton running, the Bears led the league in rushing four consecutive years (83-86). The team won six division championships, played in three conference championship games, and Won Super Bowl XX after the 1985 season.
Arguably the greatest left tackle ever to play the game, Covert was a four-time All-Pro (84-87), and was selected as the 1985 NFLPA Offensive Lineman of the Year and the 1986 Miller Lite Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was elected to the All-NFL team of the 1980s by the Pro Football Hall of Fame board of selectors.
Jim Covert was inducted to the National Italian Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.