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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42 5
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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35 5
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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28 5
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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17 4
Bill George is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Otis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 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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16 4
Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ron Rivera Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

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15 4
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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17 6
Leonard Floyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Leonard Floyd Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

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14 4
Doug Buffone is listed (or ranked) 10 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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14 5
Danny Trevathan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Danny Trevathan Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

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15 6
Hunter Hillenmeyer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Hunter Hillenmeyer Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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15 6
Christian Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Christian Jones Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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15 6
Sam Acho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Sam Acho Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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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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9 2
Pernell McPhee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Pernell McPhee Seasons: 2017, 2015

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12 5
Barry Minter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Barry Minter Seasons: 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

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7 1
George Connor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
George Connor Seasons: 1955, 1954, 1953, 1952

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8 2
D. J. Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
D. J. Williams Seasons: 2014, 2013

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8 3
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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8 3
Rosevelt Colvin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Rosevelt Colvin Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000

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5 0
Jim Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jim Morrissey Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

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5 0
Chuck Howley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Chuck Howley Seasons: 1958

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8 4
Warrick Holdman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Warrick Holdman Seasons: 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

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8 4
Larry Morris is listed (or ranked) 25 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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6 2
Jerrell Freeman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jerrell Freeman Seasons: 2017, 2016

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4 0
Frank Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Frank Dempsey Seasons: 1953

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4 0
Tom Hicks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Tom Hicks Seasons: 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977

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4 0
Waymond Bryant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Waymond Bryant Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975

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6 3
Pisa Tinoisamoa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Pisa Tinoisamoa Seasons: 2010, 2009

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3 0
Bones Weatherly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bones Weatherly Seasons: 1954, 1953, 1952, 1951, 1950

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5 3
Shea McClellin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Shea McClellin Seasons: 2015, 2014

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3 1
Dante Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Dante Jones Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1989, 1988

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2 0
Vinson Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Vinson Smith Seasons: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

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5 4
Bobbie Howard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bobbie Howard Seasons: 2002

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2 1
John Roper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
John Roper Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1989

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2 1
Don Rives is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Don Rives Seasons: 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

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2 1
Ricardo McDonald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ricardo McDonald Seasons: 1999, 1998

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6 6
Jonathan Bostic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jonathan Bostic Seasons: 2014, 2013

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5 5
Gary Campbell is listed (or ranked) 40 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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5 5
Sean Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Sean Harris Seasons: 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

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5 5
Nick Roach is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Nick Roach Seasons: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

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Bryan Cox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bryan Cox Seasons: 1997, 1996

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2 2
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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2 2
Al Harris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Al Harris Seasons: 1984, 1983

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2 2
Ross Brupbacher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Ross Brupbacher Seasons: 1976, 1972, 1971

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2 2
Jerry Muckensturm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jerry Muckensturm Seasons: 1980, 1979

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Fred Negus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Fred Negus Seasons: 1950

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1 1
Bob Pifferini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Bob Pifferini Seasons: 1973

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Jim Purnell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chicago Bears Linebackers of All Time
Jim Purnell Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966