1) Mike Singletary- He was a beast for the Bears defense. He was a 10 time Pro Bowler, eight time All-Pro player, a super bowl champion and a Hall of Famer (inducted in 1998). His #50 jersey is retired by the Bears. He was named to the NFL 1980′s All-Decade Team. He was a second round pick by the Bears in 1981 out of Baylor. He started 172 games for the Chicago Bears. I’m excited for the Bears match up against Coach Singletary’s new team the 49ers this upcoming season.
2) Dick Butkus-He not only had his #51 jersey retired with the Bears, but he went to eight Pro Bowls in nine seasons in the NFL. He was also a six time selection on the First Team All-Pro team and a two time selection on the Second Team All-Pro team. He is a part of the NFL 1960′s and 1970′s All-Decade Team. He was a first round pick by the Bears out of the University of Illinois in 1965. He recorded 1,020 tackles, 22 interceptions and 27 fumble recoveries. He is part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
3) Brian Urlacher-A first round pick by the Bears has been a fan favorite since he came in the league. He has been elected to six pro bowls (2000-2006). He has been selected to four All-Pro teams (2001,2002, 2005, 2006). He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000, the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. He also has the most tackles in a season by a Chicago Bear. The 31 year old has played in 131 games, recording 1063 tackles, 37.5 sacks, 17 interceptions and eight forced fumbles. He’s not the same Urlacher that he was at the beginning of his career, but he is still a very good player.
4) Bill George- He was selected to play in eight consecutive Pro Bowls from 1955-1962. Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly called George “the meanest Bear ever.” In 1999, he was ranked number 49 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. It has been alleged that George was the first true middle linebacker in football and, inadvertently, the creator of the 4-3 defense. He was a First-team All-Pro selection eight times, (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963) and was inducted to the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team. His #61 jersey is retired by the Bears and he was inducted in to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
5) Doug Buffone- He played 15 seasons at linebacker for the Bears, retiring in 1980 as the all-time leader in games played. In his professional career, Buffone gathered more than 1,200 tackles, going over the 100-tackle mark in seven seasons. He also had the honor of serving as defensive captain for eight seasons, beginning in 1972. Played 186 games as a Bear, the third most among Bears. He holds the Bears record for most career interceptions at linebacker and the Bears record for most sacks in a season (18 in 1968). Buffone was a fourth round pick by the Bears in 1966 out of Louisville and played with the Bears until 1979.
-Lance Briggs- He could be in this list once he finishes his career.
-Otis Wilson- He played eight years with the Bears and starred on the 1985 Bears.
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