Mike Singletary and his stare were the signature of middle linebackers in the 1980's.
One of very few teams in sports known by just their year. Just utter the phrase “’85 Bears” and the implications are obvious. Buddy Ryan’s 46 defense unleashed a tremendous trio of linebackers on poor offenses across the NFL.
Known for his piercing stare, middle linebacker Mike Singletary was one of the most intense players to ever play the game. He was a first-team All-Pro seven times and made 10 Pro Bowls.
Wilber Marshall harassed offenses for 6.0 sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles in 1985. He added a 52-yard interception returned for a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game and a half-sack with a fumble recovery in the Super Bowl. Marshall was named first-team All-Pro twice and went to three Pro Bowls.
Otis Wilson is the least heralded name on this list, but his 1985 season was something to be remembered: 10.5 sacks, three interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and two fumble recoveries. He added 2.0 sacks in Super Bowl XX against the Patriots.
Including Wilson’s lone Pro Bowl in 1985, this dominating group combined for a Hall of Fame induction, nine first-team All-Pro selections and 14 Pro Bowls.