AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — A high school in Aurora has a new football coach with a super background with a legendary team, as well as a super-big job ahead of him.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports, Kurt Becker has been named the new varsity football coach at Aurora East High School. And in case you were wondering, yes, it’s that Kurt Becker, who played with the Bears from 1982 through 1988, and returned for one season in 1990 after a going to the Los Angeles Rams for a year.
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports
Becker was a member of the 1985-86 Super Bowl team, playing right alongside Walter Payton and William “the Refrigerator” Perry, and “Punky QB” Jim McMahon.
Becker is also an Aurora East high school grad himself, as well as a University of Michigan All-American.
Becker tells the Aurora Beacon-News he has long felt a tug on his heartstrings from his alma mater.
He currently owns the Aurora vending machine operating firm Twin Oaks Music and Vending, and has served as an assistant coach at Marmion Academy for the past four years while his son, Garret, was playing there, the Beacon-News reported.
Before the previous coach, Bill Bryant, stepped down, Aurora East ended the season with a 30 game losing streak and hasn’t had a winning season in 12 years, the newspaper reported.