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2016 Chicago Bears Yearbook

CHIICAGO BEARS Since the Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio on Sept. 7, 1963, 256 NFL players and coaches have been inducted. On Aug. 6, 2011, Bears DE Richard Dent became the 27th Chicago Bear enshrined in the Hall of Fame, the most of any team. DOUG ATKINS Defensive End #81 Inducted: 1982 BEARS: 12 seasons (1955-66) NFL: 17 seasons Three-time all-NFL (1960, ‘61, ‘62)… Eight-time Pro Bowler (1958-64; 66)… Named Outstanding Lineman in 1959 Pro Bowl… Cleveland’s firstround pick in 1953 who came to Chicago in a 1955 trade with Browns… Joined Saints for final three seasons via 1967 trade… Conference track champion in the high-jump and scholarship basketball player at Tennessee. GEORGE BLANDA Quarterback-Kicker #16, 22 Inducted: 1981 BEARS: 10 seasons (1949-58) NFL: 26 seasons Concluded NFL career as all-time leader in seasons (26), games (340), points (2,002), PAT attempts (959), PATs (943), FG attempts (638), and interceptions (277)… Bears career record holder in consecutive games with a score (83), and consecutive extra points (156); fifth in club history with 541 points… Retired in 1959, but returned in 1960 to play seven seasons with Houston (1960-66) and nine with Oakland (1967- 75)… Led Oilers to two AFL titles and was 1961 Player of the Year… Set then-NFL record with 68 pass attempts vs. Buf. (11/1/64)… Voted Male Athlete of the Year by AP in 1970… Finished 340-game career with 2,002 points, 4,007 attempts for 26,920 passing yards and 236 TDs… Retired one month shy of 49th birthday… Played college ball at Kentucky. DICK BUTKUS Middle Linebacker #51 Inducted: 1979 BEARS: 9 seasons (1965-73) NFL: 9 seasons Third pick of 1965 draft… Beat out incumbent middle linebacker and future Hall of Famer Bill George… Denied Rookie of the Year honors when edged by teammate and fellow Hall of Fame enshrinee Gale Sayers… One of only six Bears to earn Pro Bowl honors each of their first three seasons in the League… Seven-time all-NFL… Bears all-time leader with 25 fumble recoveries (third in NFL history) and second with 47 turnovers (fumbles + interceptions)… Born and raised in Chicago; attended college at Illinois. GEORGE CONNOR Tackle-Linebacker #71, 81 Inducted: 1975 BEARS: 8 seasons (1948-55) NFL: 8 seasons First of the big, mobile outside linebackers… All-NFL five times – including 1951 and ’52 on both offense and defense… Voted to first four Pro Bowls (1951-54)… Dramatic display in 1952 Pro Bowl when, late in the game with opposition deep in territory, he made a tackle-for-loss on first down, solo stop on second down, sacked QB on third down, and batted down fourth down pass in the endzone… Injuries forced retirement after 1955 season… All-America one year at Holy Cross and two seasons at the University of Notre Dame. RICHARD DENT Defensive End #95 Inducted: 2011 BEARS: 12 seasons (1983-93;95) NFL: 15 seasons Selected by Chicago in eighth round (203rd player overall) of 1983 NFL Draft… Played in every game as a rookie… Became fulltime starter early in 1984, beginning a 10-year period in which he recorded 10 or more sacks in eight of 10 seasons… Twice, once in 1984 and again in 1987, recorded 4.5 sacks in a game, both vs. the Raiders… At the time of his retirement ranked third in career sacks with 137.5… Led NFC with team-record 17.5 sacks in 1984… Followed up with an NFL-high 17 sacks in 1985 as CHICAGO BEARS 168 2 0 1 6 Y E A R B O O K an integral part of Bears dominating defense… MVP of Super Bowl XX, recording three tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defended and two forced fumbles in Chicago’s 46-10 win over the Patriots… Named first- or second-team All-Pro four times, All-NFC five times and selected to play in four Pro Bowls (1985, 1986, 1991, 1994). MIKE DITKA Tight End-Coach #89 Inducted: 1988 BEARS: 17 seasons (Player, 1961- 66), (Coach, 1982-92; Coach, New Orleans 1997-99) NFL: 20 seasons First tight end inducted to the Hall… Credited for changing the tight end from a “third tackle” to a receiving position… NFL Rookie of the Year in ’61 with 56 receptions (still a Bears rookie record)… Voted to Pro Bowl following five seasons… His 427 career catches were most in NFL history by a tight end until Kellen Winslow broke the mark in 1980… Holds two Bears records… Assistant coach for Dallas before being named Bears head coach on January 20, 1982… Guided team to 112 wins, six NFC Central titles, three NFC Championship games, and the Bears only Super Bowl victory… Bears first-round pick (fifth overall) in 1961 from Pittsburgh. JOHN “PADDY” DRISCOLL Running Back #1, 20 Inducted: 1965 BEARS: 5 seasons (1920; 26-29) NFL: 10 seasons The NFL’s first “franchise” player… Triple threat athlete who excelled at running, punting, and drop-kicking for field goals… Played with Chicago Cardinals (1920-25)… Scored 27 points in 1923 game vs. Rochester (four TDs, three PATs)… His 50-yard field goal in 1925 was NFL record for several years… Born in Evanston, IL, and attended Northwestern University. JIM FINKS General Manager Inducted: 1995 BEARS: 9 seasons (1974-82) NFL: 34 seasons One of the architects of the great Bears teams of the ’80s… Joined the team just two days before the start of the 1974 season and spent the season evaluating the team’s talent, including players, coaches and front office personnel… Served as executive vice president and general manager with the Bears after breaking into the League as both cornerback and quarterback for the Steelers from 1949-55… Spent his first three seasons in the NFL in the defensive backfield, switching back to quarterback in 1952 and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1953… Spent 10 seasons as GM at Minnesota (1964-73) and eight at New Orleans (1986-93). DANNY FORTMANN Guard #21 Inducted: 1965 BEARS: 8 seasons (1936-43) NFL: 8 seasons Ninth-round pick in NFL’s first draft (1936)…As a rookie in 1936, at age 20, he was the league’s youngest starter…Signal caller for linemen on offense and deadly tackler on defense…All-NFL from 1938-43… The Bears finished first five times, second twice, and third once during his eight years… Pursued medical studies at University of Chicago while playing with Bears… Played at Colgate. BILL GEORGE Linebacker #61, 72 Inducted: 1974 BEARS: 14 seasons (1952-65) NFL: 15 seasons Joined Bears in 1952 as “middle guard”, but became league’s first middle linebacker when he dropped off the line in 1954… All- NFL eight times in nine years… Voted to Pro Bowl eight straight seasons (1955-62)… Defensive signal caller final 10 seasons in Chicago… 18 career interceptions… His 14 seasons tie for the second-most by a Bear player… Finished with Rams (1966)… Attended Wake Forest. HALL OF FAMERS


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