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Chicago Bears: Top 25 Bears in Franchise History
Soldier Field viewed from the East Side: Photographer-Robert Rice

It's a daunting task to pick just the 25 best players in the long and rich history of the Chicago Bears.  Ordering those 25 players is even more agonizing.  Where Does Sid Luckman sit on this list?  Or Gale Sayers?  Or Dan Hampton?  How do you include players who haven't made the Hall of Fame over those enshrined in Canton?

In the end, it comes down to personal opinion, but in the end, I think I came up with a fair list that snubbed some players others would have included but encompassed what I believe to be the best group for the job.

I considered basing this list by position, giving one player to each of the 22 offensive and defensive positions and allowing for a kicker, a punter and a long snapper.  But then, that left out so many other positions that I just couldn't find a way to do it without failing to include a position that might belong as well.  For example, you would want to add a kick returner to the mix.  But what about a nickelback, h-back, fullback, gunner and slot receiver? 

So in the end, we're just going to look at greatness.  Players who contributed to the team in such a manor that they deserved to be in the top 25 of all time.

Notably absent are the honorable mentions:

Jim McMahon, Jim Covert, Olin Kreutz, George Trafton, George Musso, George Blanda, Joe Stydahar, George Conner, William Lyman, Neal Anderson, Doug Plank, Gary Fencik and James "Big Cat" Williams.

Now, on with the show!

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