Some of the players who have played for the Monsters of the Midway have taken on mythological reputations.
I was asked to put together a list of the 20 biggest “baddest” Chicago Bears players in the history of the franchise. Talk about a hard choice to make on all fronts. The Bears are legendary for their long history of tough, badass football players who give the team its aforementioned nickname.
Players from the steel mills and coal mines of Pennsylvania to right here in the city of broad shoulders are all represented on this list.
To be fair, I didn’t compile this list completely on my own. I reached out to a former Chicago Bears great who is as passionate about the Bears today as he was playing for Chicago during the ’60s and ’70s: Doug Buffone.
The former Bears linebacker contributed opinions during a recent phone interview. Without his stories and some recommendations, this list would not have been possible. It was a pleasure to talk to a former player who is as passionate about talking about the Chicago Bears as you are reading about the Bears and I am writing about this team.
A few great players were left off the list out of necessity, but at the end of the day, everything seems to fit.
Some stories I recalled from memory, and others I learned by digging into their careers. I hope you enjoy reading about these players as much as I enjoyed researching them.