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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
Walter Payton Running back

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Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Dick Butkus 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

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Brian Urlacher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Brian Urlacher Linebacker

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Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Mike Ditka Tight end

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Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Richard Dent Defensive end

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George Halas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
George Halas 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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Red Grange is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Red Grange 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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Charles Tillman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Charles Tillman Cornerback

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Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Devin Hester Wide receiver

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Matt Forté is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Matt Forté Running back

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Lance Briggs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Lance Briggs Linebacker

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Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Jim McMahon Quarterback

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Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Doug Atkins Defensive end

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Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Steve McMichael 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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William Perry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
William Perry Defensive tackle, Fullback - 1962

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Bill George is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Bill George Linebacker

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Brandon Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Brandon Marshall Wide receiver

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Robbie Gould is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Robbie Gould Placekicker

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Gary Fencik is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Gary Fencik Safety, Defensive back

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Olin Kreutz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Olin Kreutz Center

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Jay Hilgenberg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Jay Hilgenberg Offensive Lineman, Center

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

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Keith Van Horne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Keith Van Horne Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Willie Gault Wide receiver

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Neal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Neal Anderson Running back

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Otis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Otis Wilson Linebacker

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Jim Covert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Jim Covert Tackle

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Doug Buffone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Doug Buffone Linebacker

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Dave Duerson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Dave Duerson Safety, Defensive back

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Brian Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Brian Piccolo Running back

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Alshon Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Alshon Jeffery Wide receiver

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

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Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Mike Brown Safety, Defensive back

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George Connor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
George Connor Tackle, Offensive Lineman Linebacker

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Stan Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Stan Jones Defensive tackle, Tackle Guard

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Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Julius Peppers Defensive end

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

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Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Matt Suhey Running back, Fullback

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Roosevelt Taylor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Leslie Frazier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Leslie Frazier Cornerback

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Mike Hartenstine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Mike Hartenstine Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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Brian Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Brian Piccolo

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Willie Galimore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Willie Galimore Running back

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Tom Waddle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Tom Waddle Wide receiver