Former Bears QB McMahon to Visit Sheridan for Wounded Warrior Fundraiser

Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon during a visit to Iraq on New Years 2007. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)
Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon during a visit to Iraq on New Years 2007. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon, perhaps best known for his role on the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl team, will be in Sheridan this weekend to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

McMahon will play golf at the Powder Horn and those wanting to join can for $60, with $10 going to the fund. In a fundraising event on Saturday, he will be speaking and signing autographs at Cloud Peak Lanes in Sheridan.

Part-owners of Cloud Peak Lanes, Candy Hardesty and her husband Jim, are avid Bears fans, and they frequent games at Soldier Field with their friend Mike O'Malley from Chicago. O'Malley suggested bringing McMahon to Wyoming.

Hardesty explains that when faced with the decision of visiting Wyoming, McMahon remembered the coldest game he ever played in college as quarterback for BYU.

McMahon supports the Wounded Warrior Fund as a motivational speaker. The project's vision is: "To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in this nation's history," according to its website.

She added that everyone is welcome to come out on Saturday.

The fundraiser begins at 3 pm and local Country Music artist and Iraq veteran Alton Miller of Banner will perform.

At 5 pm the Drum and Bugle Corps will play, followed by McMahon's speech recognizing veterans in attendance. There will be a barbecue, and the event has a $5 cover charge.

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