Head coach Mike Ditka, running back Walter Payton, linebacker Mike Singletary, and defensive tackle Dan Hampton can call Canton, Ohio home. But there are those from the 1985 Chicago Bears that aren't in the Hall of Fame, but still had great careers. Let's count down to number one!
Die hard fans of that season will think I'm crazy, which I am, putting Wilson at 10, but I'm talking about careers. Wilson didn't have a Hall of Fame career, but it was still a good career. He had 36 sacks, 10 interceptions, eight fumble recoveries, two-time All-Pro selection, and a 1985 Pro Bowl selection.
Tom Thayer spent his first two years in the USFL before joining the '85 Bears in his first year in the NFL. In eight years, he played in 123 games and helped the Bears get to the playoffs each year.
He wasn't a huge star in the 1985 season, but he was huge. Standing 6'7", he spent nine seasons in the Windy City, playing in 137 games, starting all 16 games in 6 seasons. He could have been the savior for the 2006 Chicago Bears, but was let go.
Don't forget, the '85 Bears had a secondary. One of the best from that secondary was Duerson. In seven seasons, he had 18 interceptions, had 16 sacks, went to four Pro Bowls, and was the 1987 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
"A white safety out of Yale?" I'd have to guess that was what Bears fans thought when they found out they were getting Fencik. Twelve years later, he had more interceptions than any player in team history. He also had 488 interception yards.
Better known as "Jimbo", Covert played eight seasons for the Bears, one of them including the 1985 season. He also went to two Pro Bowls and was named to the 1980s All-Decade Team.
Along with Covert, Van Horne was the offensive tackle that helped the Bears win the Super Bowl. I should also point out that he played for the Bears for 13 seasons.
Before John Randle, McMichael was a powerful defensive tackle. He had around 800 tackles, 92.5 sacks, AND THIS WAS A DEFENSIVE TACKLE IN THE '80s. He also played in more games than any Bear in history.
During his 12 years with Chicago, Hilgenberg played in over 160 games, went to 7 Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro seven times. This is somebody who should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago. In my lifetime, I'll do whatever I can to get him in the Hall of Fame.
If it wasn't for Dent, the Bears probably wouldn't have won the Super Bowl. In Chicago Bears history, he's fourth in tackles, third in games played, and 1st in sacks. When you look at his career with the Bears, the MVP of Super Bowl XX is a Hall of Famer and gets closer every year to getting in. Next year might be his year.