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It was a game in 1980 that first put McMahon in the national spotlight. Then a junior at BYU, he rung up gaudy statistics that were derided by critics as coming against weak opposition. Then, in the Holiday Bowl that December, he led the Cougars back from a 45-25 deficit in the final 4:07 to stun Southern Methodist University 46-45. The performance put him on the map for the following 1981 season, in which he again put up stellar numbers and was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft.

McMahon won the Bears' starting quarterback job as a rookie and was named to several All-Rookie teams when he nearly led the team to the playoffs. But it wasn't until 1984 that the Bears broke through, reaching the conference finals before losing to the San Francisco 49ers.

In 1985, the Bears won their first 12 games and finished 18-1 for the season. McMahon became a media darling not only for his outstanding play on the field, but also his personality, perhaps best summed up in a rap record made by the team, in which he proclaims "I'm the punky QB known as McMahon." He ended the season with a strong performance in Super Bowl XX, won 46-10 by the Bears over the New England Patriots, and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl.

He battled injuries for the rest of his career, although at one point between the 1985 and 1987 seasons, he won 23 consecutive regular-season starts. But the Bears never made it back to the Super Bowl, and McMahon was traded to the San Diego Chargers prior to the 1989 season after a fallout with coach Mike Ditka.

He managed two more full seasons as a starter, in 1991 and 1993 while still battling injuries, then spent three more years as a backup. He retired following the 1996 season, in which he won a second Super Bowl ring with the Green Bay Packers.

Although best-known for his off-field antics in the Bears' heyday, McMahon also had a reputation as a heady quarterback with an uncanny ability to read defenses, and it was this talent that kept him in the game for years after injury had wrecked his physical skills.

He is also known for his trademark sunglasses. McMahon wears them for medical reasons; in a childhood accident, a fork was stuck in one eye. While his vision was saved, the accident left that eye overly sensitive to light.

Since retiring from football in 1997, he has worked as a restaurant owner and motivational speaker. Since that time McMahon has taken to drinking beer. He was seen playing in a charity golf event at Rich Harvest Links, in Sugar Grove, IL. He was also pulled over in Florida for drunk driving. Upon getting pulled over McMahon got out of his car and shouted to Police, "All right, you got me."

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Jim McMahon Biography

It was a game in 1980 that first put McMahon in the national spotlight. Then a junior at BYU, he rung up gaudy statistics that were derided by critics as coming against weak opposition. Then, in the Holiday Bowl that December, he led the Cougars back from a 45-25 deficit in the final 4:07 to stun Southern Methodist University 46-45. The performance put him on the map for the following 1981 season, in which he again put up stellar numbers and was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft.

McMahon won the Bears' starting quarterback job as a rookie and was named to several All-Rookie teams when he nearly led the team to the playoffs. But it wasn't until 1984 that the Bears broke through, reaching the conference finals before losing to the San Francisco 49ers.

In 1985, the Bears won their first 12 games and finished 18-1 for the season. McMahon became a media darling not only for his outstanding play on the field, but also his personality, perhaps best summed up in a rap record made by the team, in which he proclaims "I'm the punky QB known as McMahon." He ended the season with a strong performance in Super Bowl XX, won 46-10 by the Bears over the New England Patriots, and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl.

He battled injuries for the rest of his career, although at one point between the 1985 and 1987 seasons, he won 23 consecutive regular-season starts. But the Bears never made it back to the Super Bowl, and McMahon was traded to the San Diego Chargers prior to the 1989 season after a fallout with coach Mike Ditka.

He managed two more full seasons as a starter, in 1991 and 1993 while still battling injuries, then spent three more years as a backup. He retired following the 1996 season, in which he won a second Super Bowl ring with the Green Bay Packers.

Although best-known for his off-field antics in the Bears' heyday, McMahon also had a reputation as a heady quarterback with an uncanny ability to read defenses, and it was this talent that kept him in the game for years after injury had wrecked his physical skills.

He is also known for his trademark sunglasses. McMahon wears them for medical reasons; in a childhood accident, a fork was stuck in one eye. While his vision was saved, the accident left that eye overly sensitive to light.

Since retiring from football in 1997, he has worked as a restaurant owner and motivational speaker. Since that time McMahon has taken to drinking beer. He was seen playing in a charity golf event at Rich Harvest Links, in Sugar Grove, IL. He was also pulled over in Florida for drunk driving. Upon getting pulled over McMahon got out of his car and shouted to Police, "All right, you got me."

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  • How to book Jim McMahon?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim McMahon for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jim McMahon, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jim McMahon or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jim McMahon?

    Booking fees for Jim McMahon, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim McMahon, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jim McMahon?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim McMahon for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim McMahon for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jim McMahon or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim McMahon or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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