Since I'm not going to be on here very long today, I decided to repost a blog from Sporting News for the All-Time Chicago Bears team. This is a 53-man roster. It is edited from the previous one I did on SN, too. Enjoy.
(*-Hall of Famer)
(#-starter for this team)
Note: They had to play at least four seasons to be considered for a particular all-time team.
Head Coach: *George Halas(1920-83)- This is a no-brainer pick here if you know anything about this franchise. A legendary coach and quite possibly the most influential figure in NFL history. One of the best coaches in the history of not only football, but all sports.
General Manager: *Jim Finks(1974-82)- Drafted 19 of the 22 starters that won Super Bowl XX over the Patriots. The biggest pick for him was Walter Payton in 1975 that started the Bears run back to playing better football.
QB: *#Sid Luckman(1939-50): Only Bears QB in HOF. Enough said.
QB: Billy Wade(1961-66): Decent QB who helped the Bears win the NFL Title in 1963.
QB: Jim McMahon(1982-88 ): Oft-injured and cocky, but helped bring balance to the offense in the 80s.
RB: *#Walter Payton(1975-87): The greatest Bear in NFL history, and maybe the NFL, too.
RB: *Gale Sayers(1965-71): A legendary player who was dangerous everytime he touched the ball.
RB: Neal Anderson(1986-93): Workhorse back who did well in following in the steps of Walter Payton.
RB: Rick Casares(1955-64): Was the Bears all-time leading rusher until Payton came along.
FB: *#Bronko Nagurski(1930-37, 1943): Legendary FB who was maybe the toughest and fierciest player in NFL history.
FB: Brian Piccolo(1966-69): Sentimental pick, but is still remembered as under-sized, yet determined player.
FB: Ronnie Bull(1962-70): Hard-nosed runner who also was a solid lead blocker for Gale Sayers in his late years.
WR: #Johnny Morris(1958-67): Single season record holder in receptions and a solid player at WR.
WR: #Harlon Hill(1954-61): 3-time Pro Bowl and NFL Player of Year in 1956.
WR: Ken Kavanaugh(1940-41, 1945-50): The top target for Luckman and the powerful Bears teams in the 40s.
WR: Willie Gault(1983-87): A burner at the position that gave the Bears big play ability in the offense.
WR: Curtis Conway(1993-99): Tough choice, but I went with him because he was a solid WR when healthy despite a flux of QB changes in his tenure with the Bears.
TE: *#Mike Ditka(1961-66): Best TE in Bears history and was a big part of the 1963 NFL Title team.
TE: Emery Moorehead(1982-88 ): Solid blocker and capable receiver for the Bears in the 80s.
OL: *#Clyde Turner(1940-52): Two-way player who excelled at tackle on offense.
OL: *#Danny Fortmann(1936-43): Another two-way player who was called "Doctor" because of his awareness on the field.
OL: *#Joe Stydahar(1936-42, 1945-46): Another versatile player who missed two seasons do to WWII.
OL: *#Stan Jones(1954-65): Maybe the best offensive lineman in Bears history.
OL: *#George Musso(1933-44): A dominating lineman who was also a force on defense.
OL: *George Connor(1948-55): One of the many two-way lineman in Bears history.
OL: *George Trafton(1920-21, 1923-32): The first great Bears lineman in history. Played center for the majority of it.
OL: Jay Hilgenberg(1981-91): Five-time Pro Bowl player for the Bears in the 80s.
OL: Olin Kreutz(1998-present): Six-time Pro Bowl player and counting for the current Bears team.
DE: *#Doug Atkins(1955-66): A dominating player that struck fear in all opposing OL players.
DE: #Richard Dent(1983-93, 1995): Great DE who is the Bears all-time sack leader. Should make HOF soon.
DE: *Bill Hewitt(1932-36): Great two-way player, but was known more for his ability to chase down ball carriers on defense.
DE: Trace Armstrong(1989-94): His best years were in Miami, but was still a good player for the Bears before he left.
DT: *#Dan Hampton(1979-1990): Danimal was tough and intrical part of the Bears defense in the 80s.
DT: #Steve McMichael(1981-93): Holds the record for most consecutive games played in Bears history. Solid anchor in the middle for the Bears.
DT: *Ed Healey(1922-27): Another great two-way player, and is more famous for being the first player in NFL history to change teams by being offered a bigger sum to play elsewhere.
DT: William Perry(1985-93): He wasn't good on paper, but was a good run-stuffer for the Bears.
LB: *#Dick Butkus(1965-73): Arguably the best MLB in NFL history.
LB: *#Mike Singletary(1981-92): The QB of the great Bears defenses in the 80s.
LB: *#Bill George(1952-65): HOF LB who also helped bring an NFL Title to Chicago in 1963.
LB: Doug Buffone(1966-79): He holds the team record for games played, and was a very productive player for some very bad teams over his career.
LB: Brian Urlacher(2000-present): The QB of the Bears defense currently. Is the latest in a great tradition of Bears linebackers.
LB: Joe Forunato(1955-66): Four-time Pro Bowl player for the Bears in the 50s and into the 60s.
CB: *#Red Grange(1925, 1929-34): More noted for his abilities at RB and helping to get the NFL out of financial trouble. But was named All-Pro at CB as well in his career.
CB: #Richie Petitbon(1959-68 ): Four-time Pro Bowl CB for the Bears in his playing years.
CB: Donnell Wolford(1989-96): Two-time Pro Bowl CB for the Bears in the 90s.
CB: Mike Richardson(1983-88 ): 20 INT's in six seasons for the Bears.
CB: Roosevelt Taylor(1961-68 ): Paired with Petitbon as a great CB combo in the 60s.
S: #Gary Fencik(1976-87): Hard-hitting safety who is the all-time team leader in interceptions.
S: #Dave Duerson(1983-89): Five-time Pro Bowl safety for the Bears.
S: Mark Carrier(1990-96): Three-time Pro Bowl safety for the Bears.
S: Doug Plank(1975-82): Solid safety, and the 46 defense was named after him because that was his uniform number.
KR: *#Gale Sayers(1965-71): Still called by many to be the best return man in NFL history.
PR: *#George McAfee(1940-41, 1945-50): The 40s version of Sayers in that he was dangerous everytime he touched the ball. Halas once called him the best all-around player he ever coached.
K: *#George Blanda(1949-58 ): HOF player who spent most of his Bears career as a kicker. His kicking numbers for the Bears are not great, but there is no way he gets left off the Bears all-time team.
K: Kevin Butler(1985-95): The Bears all-time scoring leader.
P: #George Gulyanics(1947-52): He holds the team record with a 44.5 career punting average.
That's the team I would have for the Bears. Well, I'm out of here for the day, so be sure to check the Blog List of friends to the right of this page for more great reads out there!