HISTORY RETIRED NUMBERS The Bears have retired 14 jersey numbers, most in the NFL and two behind baseball’s New York Yankees with 18. Both clubs are short of the NBA’s Boston Celtics 21 retired numbers. 3 Bronko Nagurski, RB-T 5 George McAfee, RB-DB 7 George Halas, E 28 Willie Galimore, RB 34 Walter Payton, RB 40 Gale Sayers, RB 41 Brian Piccolo, RB 42 Sid Luckman, QB 51 Dick Butkus, LB 56 Bill Hewitt, E 61 Bill George, LB 66 Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, C-LB 77 Harold “Red” Grange, RB-DB 89 Mike Ditka, TE 2 0 1 6 Y E A R B O O K 169 HAROLD “RED” GRANGE Running Back-Def. Back #77 Inducted: 1963 BEARS: 7 seasons (1925; 29-34) NFL: 9 seasons Joined Bears on Thanksgiving, 1925–just 10 days following final college game… Attracted crowds of 70,000 at the Polo Grounds and 75,000 in LA Coliseum during 1925 tour–16 games in two months to showcase the Galloping Ghost… Left Bears for NY Yankees of AFL in 1926 which joined NFL the following season… Suffered knee injury vs. Bears in 1927, and missed entire ’28 season… Rejoined Chicago in 1929, but was “ordinary” ball carrier… Developed into a good defensive back… All-NFL in 1931… Made TD-saving tackle in final seconds of 1933 Championship Game 23-21 win over NY Giants… Played college ball at Illinois... Born in Wheaton, IL... was known as the “Wheaton Iceman.” GEORGE HALAS End-Coach-Owner #7 Inducted: 1963 BEARS: 64 seasons (1920-83) NFL: 64 seasons (See bio on page 162.) DAN HAMPTON Defensive End/Tackle #99 Inducted: 2002 BEARS: 12 seasons (1979-90) NFL: 12 seasons A first-round draft choice (fourth overall) by the Bears in the 1979 draft… Played for 12 seasons in Chicago and finished his career ranked third on the Bears all-time career sacks list with 82.0… “Danimal,” as he was affectionately known by teammates and fans, played in 157 regular season games with 152 starts… Named to the NFL Team of the ’80’s by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors and was a Pro Bowl performer four times during that decade (1981, 1983, 1985 and 1986), twice as a defensive end and two times as a defensive tackle… Named Defensive MVP by Pro Football Weekly in 1982 and started the first 48 games of his career where he established himself as a dominant pass rusher, recording 25 sacks during his first three seasons in the league. ED HEALEY Tackle #16 Inducted: 1964 BEARS: 6 seasons (1922-27) NFL: 8 seasons Acquired by Halas from Rock Island Independents (1920-22) in exchange for gate receipts ($100) from late-season game in 1922… Ran more than 30 yards in 1924 to tackle his own teammate who was running the wrong way with an interception… Caught running back George Wilson from behind after hurdling several teammates in 1926 exhibition game vs. LA All-Stars… Termed “the most versatile tackle of all-time” by Halas… First president of Bear alumni association (1937)… Graduated from Dartmouth. BILL HEWITT End #56 Inducted: 1971 BEARS: 5 seasons (1932-36) NFL: 9 seasons One of the last helmetless players in the NFL… Four-time all-NFL (1933, ’34, ’36, ’37) and first to do so with two teams… Designed play to win 1933 NFL Championship: jump pass from fullback to Hewitt who caught and lateraled to William Karr… Played for Eagles (1937-39), missed 1940-42 seasons before returning with Philadelphia- Pittsburgh (1943)… Career: 101 catches for 1,606 yards and 25 TDs. STAN JONES Tackle-Guard #78 Inducted: 1991 BEARS: 12 seasons (1954-65) NFL: 13 seasons Selected by Chicago in fifth round of 1953 draft… Started at tackle; switched to guard in 1954 and became seven-time Pro Bowler (1956-62)… Played offense and defense in 1962 but played solely defense in 1963–when the Bears won the NFL Championship… One of the first pro football players to concentrate on weightlifting… Missed just two games in his first 11 seasons… Traded to Redskins (1966) as a favor from Halas so he could finish his career near his Rockville, Maryland home… College Lineman of the Year for 1953 National Champion Maryland Terrapins. SID LUCKMAN Quarterback #42 Inducted: 1965 BEARS: 12 seasons (1939-50) NFL: 12 seasons Second pick of 1939 draft… Bears all-time leader in TDs (137), interceptions (132); second in yards (14,686), third in attempts (1,744) and fourth in completions (904)… Club season record holder in QB rating (107.8 in 1943) and passes intercepted (31 in 1947)… Led Bears T-formation attack which won four NFL Titles including the 73-0 blitzing of Washington in the 1940 Championship game… Five-time all-NFL and 1943 league MVP… Passed for record-tying seven TDs in 1943 game vs. Giants… Came out of Columbia University. ROY “LINK” LYMAN Tackle #2, 11, 12, 14, 77 Inducted: 1964 BEARS: 7 seasons (1926-28, 30-31, 33-34) NFL: 11 seasons Pioneered stunting, slanting, and shifting-style defense… Began pro career with Canton (1922-23), winning two championships; moved to Cleveland where he again won a championship… Joined Frankford (1925) before finishing with Bears… Left Bears for 1929 season to play semi-pro ball and in 1932 to settle business problems… In his final two seasons Chicago won the NFL Championship (1933) and division (1934)… No high school ball (school had seven boys), but played at Nebraska. GEORGE McAFEE Running Back-Def. Back #5, 33 Inducted: 1966 BEARS: 8 seasons (1940-41; 45-50) NFL: 8 seasons Eagles first-round choice in 1940 (second overall)… Immediately traded to Bears for four players… Career average 12.78 yards on 112 punt returns is still NFL record… Returned a kickoff 93 yards for TD in first pro game… Went into the Navy for WWII; returned in 1945… 25 career interceptions… All-American at Duke. GEORGE MUSSO Tackle-Guard-Def. Tackle #16 Inducted: 1982 BEARS: 12 seasons (1933-44) NFL: 12 seasons Signed by Halas for just $90/game plus $5 in expenses… Elected team captain in fourth season and kept the title remainder of career… First player to win all-NFL at two positions: tackle in 1935 and guard in 1937… College ball at Millikin.
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