Class of 2021
Tom Waddle

Ohio-born Tom Waddle embarked on his football journey at Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller High School before showcasing his skills as a Wide Receiver at Boston College. In 1988, Waddle’s standout collegiate career culminated with a record-breaking season, leading the Eagles with 70 receptions and earning First Team All-East honors. His achievements were duly recognized with induction into the Boston College Hall of Fame. Signing with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 1989, Waddle endeared himself to Bears fans with his blue-collar, gutsy playing style, characterized by fearless catches and resilience. His legendary performance in the 1991 playoff game against Dallas, where he showcased remarkable toughness despite taking hard hits, solidified his status among Chicago sports icons. Waddle’s impact earned him a spot on John Madden’s 1991 All-Madden Team, etching his name in the annals of Chicago sports history. Despite retiring early from the NFL due to injuries, Waddle left a lasting impression, amassing 9 touchdowns, 2,109 receiving yards, and 173 receptions throughout his career. Transitioning to a successful post-NFL career, Waddle made his mark as a sportscaster, analyst, and on-air personality for various media outlets, including Fox WFLD, ABC 7, WGN, and WMVP 1000 ESPN Radio. His tenure with WGN Radio included co-hosting the Sports Central Show with fellow inductee David Kaplan for nine years. Currently, Waddle hosts his own show, the Waddle & Silvy show, alongside Marc Silverman on ESPN 1000 radio, showcasing his expertise and passion for sports. During football season, he can be seen on the television show Pro Football Weekly. Residing in Lake Forest with his wife Cara and their four daughters, Waddle continues to leave a lasting legacy both on and off the field.

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