football players 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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Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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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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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Otis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Bill George is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Doug Buffone is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Joe Fortunato is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ron Rivera Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

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George Connor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
George Connor Seasons: 1955, 1954, 1953, 1952

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Rosevelt Colvin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Rosevelt Colvin Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000

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Leonard Floyd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Leonard Floyd Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

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Larry Morris is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Jim Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jim Morrissey Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

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Willie Young is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Willie Young Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

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Danny Trevathan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Danny Trevathan Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

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Hunter Hillenmeyer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Hunter Hillenmeyer Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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Bones Weatherly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bones Weatherly Seasons: 1954, 1953, 1952, 1951, 1950

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Joe Cain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Joe Cain Seasons: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

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Warrick Holdman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Warrick Holdman Seasons: 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

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Barry Minter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Barry Minter Seasons: 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

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Christian Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Christian Jones Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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Sam Acho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Sam Acho Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Tom Hicks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Tom Hicks Seasons: 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977

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Pernell McPhee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Pernell McPhee Seasons: 2017, 2015

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Nick Roach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Nick Roach Seasons: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

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Ron Cox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ron Cox Seasons:  1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992

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Dante Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Dante Jones Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1989, 1988

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D. J. Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
D. J. Williams Seasons: 2014, 2013

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Gary Campbell is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Chuck Howley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Chuck Howley Seasons: 1958

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Vinson Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Vinson Smith Seasons: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

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Waymond Bryant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Waymond Bryant Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975

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Bryan Cox is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bryan Cox Seasons: 1997, 1996

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Al Harris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Al Harris Seasons: 1984, 1983

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Frank Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Frank Dempsey Seasons: 1953

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Ross Brupbacher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ross Brupbacher Seasons: 1976, 1972, 1971

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Sean Harris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Sean Harris Seasons: 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

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Pisa Tinoisamoa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Pisa Tinoisamoa Seasons: 2010, 2009

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Stu Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Stu Clarkson Seasons: 1951, 1950, 1949, 1948, 1947, 1946

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Wayne Hansen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Wayne Hansen Seasons: 1956

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Bobbie Howard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bobbie Howard Seasons: 2002

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Fred Negus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Fred Negus Seasons: 1950

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Don Rives is listed (or ranked) 44 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) 45 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bob Pifferini Seasons: 1973

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Jerry Muckensturm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jerry Muckensturm Seasons: 1980, 1979

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Jimmy Gunn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jimmy Gunn Seasons: 1974

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John Helwig is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
John Helwig Seasons: 1953

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Jim Purnell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jim Purnell Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966

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Jerrell Freeman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jerrell Freeman Seasons: 2017, 2016