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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 100 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
Running back from Columbia, Mississippi, United States of America
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Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Linebacker and Center from Chicago, Illinois, USA
3
Brian Urlacher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Linebacker from Pasco, Tri-Cities, Washington, United States of America
4
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
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Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Running back and Return specialist from Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
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Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Tight end from Carnegie, Pennsylvania, United States of America
7
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Defensive end from Atlanta, Georgia
8
Charles Tillman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
muzziac added Cornerback from Chicago, Illinois
9
Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Wide receiver from Riviera Beach, Florida, United States of America
10
Bronko Nagurski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Running back and Fullback from Rainy River, Canada
11
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
End and Tight end from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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Red Grange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Running back from Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States of America
13
Sid Luckman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Quarterback from New York City, New York
14
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
15
Matt Forté is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
muzziac added Running back from Lake Charles, Louisiana
16
Lance Briggs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Linebacker from California
17
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
beernbugs added Defensive tackle and Fullback from Aiken, South Carolina, United States of America
18
Wilber Marshall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Wilber Marshall Linebacker from Titusville, Florida
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Jim McMahon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
wiabux added Quarterback from Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America
20
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Defensive tackle and Defensive lineman from Houston, Texas, United States of America
21
Olin Kreutz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Olin Kreutz Center from Honolulu, Hawaii
22
Robbie Gould is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
bmarr2008 added Robbie Gould Placekicker from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
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Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Defensive end from Tennessee, USA, Humboldt
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Otis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
muzziac added Otis Wilson Linebacker from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Jim Covert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
willyboymcoy added Tackle from Conway, Pennsylvania