The Top 5 All-Time Chicago Bear Receivers
The Chicago Bears have always been enriched by a history of astounding defense. Even with offensive success, not many receivers have received the spotlight. Running backs and gunslingers have always been the main philosophy when it comes to Bears offense.
"Don't lose us the game." is what many Bears fans feel like their offensive motto contains. So, I feel this is the appropriate time to create a controversial, yet intriguing slideshow. Enjoy, and please leave any feedback regarding this slideshow.
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Willie Gault | An electric player for the Bears, gathering more than 19 yards per catch in 1985. Helped guide Chicago to a Super Bowl victory.
Rashied Davis | A veteran, if you will, wide out for the Chicago Bears deserves more gratitude than he's been given. Even without the flashy statistics, Davis, a 5-year-pro, has made clutch catches in crunch situtations.
Matt Forte | Some may not consider the Tulane University star a receiver, well I do. The kid hasn't had to make tough grabs, but admit it ; he has good hands. After snatching 63 passes out of the air and leading the Bears in receiving in 2008, he deserves a mention.
Number 5 | Bernard Berrian
While some may disagree with this, growing up to see what this guy can do first hand, he deserves it. Even without having the most consistent hands and route running, this dude is a great asset in any form.
From running deep and catching a bomb from Grossman, to making a spectacular play on a 4th and goal with your playoff hopes on the line, Berrian did it. Possessing great speed and elusiveness, the Fresno State graduate caught 71 passes for 951 yards in 2006. After leaving Chicago, the former Bear caught less passes, 48, for more yards ; 964, in his next season.
Number 4 | Marty Booker
The 33-year-old vet has earned the title of number 4 on this list as being one of the best Bears receivers to date.
Booker, currently a free agent, compiled back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons with the Chicago Bears in 2001-02. Also, an amazing feat to add onto Marty's list of accomplishments is his 100 reception season in 2001.
Many may believe that Booker should be higher up on this list. My reasoning for him being lower than the following is his return. In 2008, Chicago signed back Marty Booker for one last stint. He only caught 14 passes for 211 yards, thus smothering some of his achievements.
Number 3 | Marcus Robinson
Marcus Robinson was another great wide receiver on addition to the few in Chicago's history. Being closest to a Randy Moss as the Chicago Bears have had, Robinson had a short life with the Bears.
Starting just 11 games in 1999, Marcus hauled in 84 passes for 1,400 yards on the dot.
With the statistic of 16.7 yards per catch, Marcus Robinson earns the number 3 spot on Chicago's all-time receiver list.
Number 2 | Muhsin Muhammad
One of my personal favorites, Moose was one of the biggest impacts on the Bears' receiving cores throughout his stint from 2005 to 2007.
Not only an outstanding hands catcher, the 15-year-veteran is a leader. Moose can run routes with great effectiveness, catch anything you throw at him, and run fairly decent.
Another aspect of receiving that is disregarded by many, is the fact Muhammad can hold onto the football. Keep in mind that the seasoned wide out has played 15 seasons, and has only fumbled 8 times.
Moose deserves much more credit than he received. He's a leader for any team, a man who serves the community, and a great wide receiver.
Number 1 | Tom Waddle
Tom Waddle was most certainly doesn't have the numbers any other receivers have, but his kind is a dying breed.
With the guts that any receivers' coach dreams for, Waddle would go up to snag any ball out of the air. Whether it be down the middle of the field with two safeties running full speed out of the corner of his eye, he would still throw his body up and attempt to catch the ball.
A pure Chicago Bear-type receiver, Waddle deserves every inch of this number 1 praise. Hard working, gutsy, and raw, Tom Waddle is your number 1 Chicago Bear receiver.