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2016 Chicago Bears Yearbook

CHIICAGO BEARS BRONKO NAGURSKI Fullback-Tackle #3, 16 Inducted: 1963 BEARS: 9 seasons (1930-37; 43) NFL: 9 seasons Powerful, punishing runner who was also a threat to pass… Retired after eight seasons (1937) for a more profitable wrestling career… Returned in 1943 when Bears were short of players (due to WWII)… Played mostly at tackle, but scored TD to put Bears ahead to stay in 1943 Championship game… 12th in Bears career rushing… High school teams were winless… All-American at Minnesota. WALTER PAYTON Running Back #34 Inducted: 1993 BEARS: 13 seasons (1975-87) NFL: 13 seasons (Payton’s stats and bio on page 162.) GALE SAYERS Running Back #40 Inducted: 1977 BEARS: 7 seasons (1965-71) NFL: 7 seasons Fourth pick of 1965 draft… Career: 991-4,956-39 rushing; 112- 1,307-9 receiving; 91-2,781-6 kickoff returns; 28-391-2 punt returns… Had 77-yard PR, 93-yard KOR and 25-yard TD pass in first pre-season game… Amassed 2,272 net yards and a rookierecord 22 TDs including record-tying six TDs vs. SF in inaugural season… Picked Rookie of the Year over Dick Butkus… Voted to five Pro Bowls (1966-70) and was Offensive MVP of three… Suffered right knee injury in 1968, but bounced back for second 1,000-yard season… Left knee injury in 1970 ended career… Led NFL in rushing in ’66 and ’69… 20 100-yard rushing games… Fourth on Bears all-time rushing list… Averaged 5.0 yards per carry in career… Set 23 club records and seven NFL marks… Youngest player ever elected to the Hall (34 years old) and his effective playing time is also the shortest of any Hall of Famer… Star back at Kansas... Known as the “Kansas Comet.” CHICAGO BEARS 170 2 0 1 6 Y E A R B O O K MIKE SINGLETARY Linebacker #50 Inducted: 1998 BEARS: 12 seasons (1981-92) NFL: 12 seasons Second round pick in 1981 draft (38th overall) after two-time consensus all-American career at Baylor… All-rookie honors from Pro Football Writers Assoc., UPI, Pro Football Weekly, and Football Digest… Selected to 10 straight Pro Bowls (1983-92), most ever by a Bear… Most starts by a defensive player in Bears history (172, second to Payton’s 184 for most by any player)… Named to NFL Team of the Eighties by NFL Hall of Fame Board of Selectors… AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1985 and ’88… 1990 NFL Man of the Year for playing excellence and off-the-field community contributions… Defensive captain from 1983- 1992… Finished as the team’s first or second leading tackler in final 11 seasons… Missed just two games in 12 seasons (both in ‘86)… Finished career with 1,488 tackles, 19 sacks, seven interceptions… Wife, Kim, presented Mike at his induction. JOE STYDAHAR Tackle #13, 18 Inducted: 1967 BEARS: 9 seasons (1936-42; 45-46) NFL: 9 seasons First player ever drafted by Bears… All-NFL left tackle (1937-40)… Left for WWII (1943-44), but returned to lead Chicago to 1946 Championship… Star player at West Virginia. GEORGE TRAFTON Center #13 Inducted: 1964 BEARS: 13 seasons (1920-32) NFL: 13 seasons All-NFL center (unofficially) in eight of 13 seasons… Strong, tough, mean player–put four Rock Island players out of action in first 12 plays of a 1920 game… Notre Dame career was cut short when Knute Rockne caught him playing semi-pro ball. CLYDE “BULLDOG” TURNER Center-Linebacker #66 Inducted: 1966 BEARS: 13 seasons (1940-52) NFL: 13 seasons First-round draft pick in 1940… Flawless snapper and excellent blocker who was all-NFL six times… Could also play guard or tackle… Led league in 1942 with eight interceptions at linebacker… Played running back in emergency situations, scored 48-yard TD in 1944… Had 96-yard interception return for TD in 1947… Played college ball for Hardin-Simmons. In addition to the 27 Bears Hall of Famers, five other inductees spent part of their careers with Chicago: Player Position With Bears Other teams Jim Conzelman Quarterback 1920 Rock Island Independents, Milwaukee Badgers, Detroit Panthers, Providence Steam Roller Guy Chamberlin End 1920-21 Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Bulldogs, Frankford Yellow Jackets, Chicago Cardinals Walt Kiesling Guard 1934 Duluth Eskimos, Pottsville Maroons, Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Pirates Bobby Layne Quarterback 1948 NY Bulldogs, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers Alan Page Defensive Tackle 1978-81 Minnesota Vikings HALL OF FAMERS


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