Chicago Bears: The 12 Biggest Fan Favorites in Bears History Not in the HOF

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Chicago Bears: The 12 Biggest Fan Favorites in Bears History Not in the HOF
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'Lach signing autographs for the masses.

As fans of the most storied franchise in the NFL, there will always be those players who hold a special place in our hearts.

Whether they be all-time greats, generational great or just charismatic personalities, some players just rise above in the hearts and minds of the fanatics who follow the Monsters of the Midway.

Of course, an edition of greatest fan favorites can also quickly become an edition of the greatest. Guys like Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, Sid Luckman, Red Grange and Richard Dent will always be loved for many reasons, including their fantastic careers.

So we're going to do this a bit differently. Rather then the predictable old slideshow, let's throw a curve ball into the works.

We're going to focus only on players who haven't made it to Canton, those who might later make it and those who will likely never make it. Either way, they won the hearts of Bears fans, and while they may not all be among the enshrined, they were all special to Bears Nation.

First a few honorable mentions who garnered consideration: Hunter Hillenmeyer, Joe Fortunato, Ted Washington, James "Big Cat" Williams, Olin Kreutz, Jay Hilgenberg, Thomas Jones, Roland Harper, Julius Peppers, Jerry Azumah, Willie Galimore, Matt Suhey, Steve McMichael, Dennis McKinnon and Willie Gault.

And now onward to our list of the 12 biggest fan favorites in Bears history not in the HOF.

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