The Legend of Clyde Emrich will live on forever at the NFL Combine. The late Bears strength and conditioning coach was not only awarded the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award, but the honor was also renamed the Clyde Emrich Lifetime Achievement Award.
"It's incredible because it'll keep his legacy alive," Emrich’s son Ken said via the Chicago Bears. "He created something so special with the Bears. After he passed, the Bears family reached out, as did former players, coaches, the folks here, the NFL. It's been phenomenal. To know that his legacy is being carried forward for as long as this exists is fantastic."
Emrich first joined the Bears in 1971, when many teams didn’t have strength and conditioning coaches. He worked as a strength coach until 1991, but remained with the team in administrative roles until his death last November.
Emrich’s legacy is still felt throughout Halas Hall. In 2008, the team renamed their weight room after him, and this year new GM Ryan Poles created a new position called the Clyde Emrich Director of High Performance. The team hired Brent Salazar to fill the new role, which will oversee the team's strength, conditioning and sports science departments.