The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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These are the greatest Bears of all-time. Since the NFL's inception, the Chicago Bears have been a vital part of the league's fabric. One of the classic football franchises (one of the two original NFL teams still in existence), the Bears are known for their punishing brand of black and blue football. The team has had some of the greatest players in football history wear the Dark Navy, Orange and White. When you think of great Chicago Bears, you generally think of defense, especially punishing linebackers. Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher are all considered some of the best linebackers in NFL history and they've all been leaders of the Monsters of the Midway. 

While many consider the best players to play for the Bears to be defenders, one of the greatest offensive weapons played for the Bears. The running back position for the Bears is one of the most prestigious in the entire NFL. That's what happens when you have players like Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, and Red Grange. So whether you like backs, centers, QBs, or receivers, there's a great Bears player at that position, to be sure.

The Bears have won nine championships in its illustrious history, which includes one Super Bowl berth. From that special 1985 team, you'll find many of the defensive stars on this list. They are considered one of the greatest defenses of all time, so you would expect them to be considered some of the best Bears players ever.

Who are the greatest Chicago Bears of all time? Who are the most famous Bears players? With over 50 of the greatest Chicago Bears listed here, it's up to you to decide who was truly the best. If you notice someone who isn't on this list, feel free to add them. Please re-rank and vote to your liking.
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    Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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    Walter Payton Running back

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    Linebacker, Center

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    Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

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    Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Mike Singletary

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    Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Mike Ditka Tight end

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    Brian Urlacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Brian Urlacher Linebacker

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    Defensive end

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    End, Tight end

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    Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Dan Hampton Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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    Sid Luckman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Sid Luckman Quarterback

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    Running back

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    Bronko Nagurski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Bronko Nagurski Running back, Fullback

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    Wide receiver

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    Running back

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    Lance Briggs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Lance Briggs Linebacker

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    Charles Tillman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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    Charles Tillman Cornerback

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    Defensive end

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    Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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    Jim McMahon Quarterback

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    Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman

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    Wilber Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Wilber Marshall Linebacker

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    Linebacker

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    Wide receiver

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    Safety, Defensive back

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    William Perry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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    William Perry Defensive tackle, Fullback 1962

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    Placekicker

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    Offensive Lineman, Center

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    Center

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    Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Willie Gault Wide receiver

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    Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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    Linebacker

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    Running back

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    Linebacker

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    Brian Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Brian Piccolo Running back

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    Tackle

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    Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

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    Defensive tackle, Tackle, Guard

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    Dave Duerson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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    Dave Duerson Safety, Defensive back

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    Kevin Butler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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    Kevin Butler

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    Safety

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    Safety, Defensive back

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    Running back, Fullback

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    Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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    Alshon Jeffery Wide receiver

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    Safety

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    Cornerback

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    Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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    Running back, Halfback, Wide receiver

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    Defensive tackle

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    Running back

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    Rick Casares is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time


    Rick Casares Running back, Fullback

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