Defensive gems by Don Rives, Waymond Bryant and Jerry Meyers helped Chicago score 17 points in seven numbers of the second half today, leading the Bears to a 20-6 victory over the New York Jets in the season's first National Football League exhibition.
Rives, a fourth-year linebacker from Texas Tech. intercepted a Steve Joachim pass and scored from the Jets' 38-yard line to send the Bears in front, 10-6, late in the third quarter in the annual Pro Fyear linebacker from Tennessee State, recovered a fumble that led to one of two field goals by Bob Thomas.
Thomas' kick came from 49 yards with 49 seconds left in the third quarter.
On the next play, Meyers, a second-year tackle from Northern Illinois, recovered a fumble by Clark Gaines at the Jet 38, setting up a clinching touchdown drive by the Bears.
Mike Phipps, a Cleveland Brown castoff, quarterbacked the Bears to their victories rally. The veteran from Purdue rifled a three -yard scoringpass to Gret Latta to wrap up the decision.
Five professional football greats, were enshrined in the Hall of Fame before the game.
The inductees were Bart Starr and Forrest Gregg of the Green Bay Packers: Frank Glifford of the New York Giants; Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears, and Bill Willis of the late Yince Lombardi on the Packer teams of the 1960s and Lombardi was with Giants.
Both Starr and Gregg played for the Packer an assistant coach when Glifford was with the Gaiants.
"As I stand were today," said a visibly shaken Marie Lombardi the coach's widow, as she presented Gregg for induction. "I think how Vince Lombardi would feel seeing three of his sons' inducted into this hall of fame."