football The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time  

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Big fan of Chicago football? Then check out this list of Chicago Bears linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout Chicago Bears history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the Chicago defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Bears LBs include Brian Urlacher, Dick Butkus, Hunter Hillenmeyer, and Lance Briggs.

In the 2017-18 NFL season, the current Chicago Bears starting LBs and backup LBs are Jonathan Anderson, Leonard Floyd, Jerrell Freeman, Isaiah Irving, Howard Jones, Nick Kwiatkoski, Pernell McPhee, Danny Trevathan, and Willie Young. 

Who are the best linebackers in Chicago Bears history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Chicago Bears starting linebacker.

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Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Mike Singletary Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981

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Brian Urlacher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Brian Urlacher Seasons:  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000

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Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Dick Butkus Seasons: 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965

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Lance Briggs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Lance Briggs Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

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Leonard Floyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Leonard Floyd Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

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Joe Fortunato is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Joe Fortunato Seasons: 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955

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Otis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Otis Wilson Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

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Christian Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Christian Jones Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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Hunter Hillenmeyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Hunter Hillenmeyer Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ron Rivera Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

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Sam Acho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Sam Acho Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Doug Buffone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Doug Buffone Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967

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Barry Minter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Barry Minter Seasons: 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

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Willie Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Willie Young Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

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Jim Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jim Morrissey Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

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Warrick Holdman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Warrick Holdman Seasons: 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

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Bill George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bill George Seasons: 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955, 1954, 1953, 1952

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D. J. Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
D. J. Williams Seasons: 2014, 2013

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Danny Trevathan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Danny Trevathan Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

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Ron Cox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ron Cox Seasons:  1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992

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Pernell McPhee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Pernell McPhee Seasons: 2017, 2015

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George Connor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
George Connor Seasons: 1955, 1954, 1953, 1952

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Jerrell Freeman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jerrell Freeman Seasons: 2017, 2016

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Larry Morris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Larry Morris Seasons: 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959

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Waymond Bryant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Waymond Bryant Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975

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Frank Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Frank Dempsey Seasons: 1953

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Chuck Howley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Chuck Howley Seasons: 1958

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Pisa Tinoisamoa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Pisa Tinoisamoa Seasons: 2010, 2009

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Rosevelt Colvin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Rosevelt Colvin Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000

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Dante Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Dante Jones Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1989, 1988

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Tom Hicks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Tom Hicks Seasons: 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977

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Bones Weatherly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bones Weatherly Seasons: 1954, 1953, 1952, 1951, 1950

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Gary Campbell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Gary Campbell Seasons: 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977

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Shea McClellin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Shea McClellin Seasons: 2015, 2014

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Vinson Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Vinson Smith Seasons: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

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Ricardo McDonald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ricardo McDonald Seasons: 1999, 1998

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Jerry Muckensturm is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jerry Muckensturm Seasons: 1980, 1979

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Jim Purnell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jim Purnell Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966

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John Roper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
John Roper Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1989

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Al Harris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Al Harris Seasons: 1984, 1983

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Jimmy Gunn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jimmy Gunn Seasons: 1974

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Don Rives is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Don Rives Seasons: 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

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Bob Pifferini is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bob Pifferini Seasons: 1973

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Joe Cain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Joe Cain Seasons: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

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Jonathan Bostic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jonathan Bostic Seasons: 2014, 2013

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Bobbie Howard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bobbie Howard Seasons: 2002

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Bryan Cox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bryan Cox Seasons: 1997, 1996

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Ross Brupbacher is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ross Brupbacher Seasons: 1976, 1972, 1971

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Wayne Hansen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Wayne Hansen Seasons: 1956

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Fred Negus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Fred Negus Seasons: 1950