The Best Chicago Bears Of All Time By Jersey Number: #10-19

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#16-George Blanda

Tenure: 1949-1958

There were a few different options here. Todd Sauerbrun and Bob Thomas were good candidates, but it’s hard not to go with a guy that played quarterback, kicker, and even a little linebacker during his time in Chicago. He started two games at quarterback in 1952 and became the full-time starter the following year. However, an injury in 1954 sidelined him and he lost the quarterback job, but he still remained the team’s kicker. In fact, even when he was starting at quarterback, he was the kicker as well. Could you imagine seeing something like that today? Overall, he played 26 seasons of professional football, 10 of which were with the Bears. However, he didn’t put on #16 until 1952, so we’ll pick up the stats from there.

1952: 12 games (1-1 as starter), 47-131, 664 yards, 8 TD, 11 INT—6-25 FG, 30-30 XP

1953: 12 games (3-8-1 as starter), 169-362, 2164 yards, 14 TD, 23 INT—7-20 FG, 27-27 XP

1954: 8 games (4-3 as starter), 131-281, 1929 yards, 15 TD, 17 INT—8-16 FG, 23-23 XP

1955: 12 games, 42-97, 459 yards, 4 TD, 7 INT—11-16 FG, 37-37 XP

1956: 12 games, 37-69, 439 yards, 7 TD, 4 INT—12-28 FG, 45-47 XP

1957: 12 games, 8-19, 65 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT—14-26 FG, 23-23 XP

1958: 12 games, 2-7, 19 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT—11-23 FG, 36-37 XP

Runner-up: Bob Thomas