The Best Chicago Bears Of All Time By Jersey Number: #20-29

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#25-J.C. Caroline

Tenure: 1956-1965

Sitting one spot and one interception ahead of Rosey Taylor on the franchise’s all-time interception list is J.C. Caroline, a former University of Illinois player who left college a year early due to academic issues to play for a year in the CFL. He was drafted by the Bears the following year and played with the team for a decade, racking up 24 interceptions in the process. Perhaps his biggest claim to fame is being the man who picked off the very first pass thrown by Johnny Unitas in the NFL and returning it for a touchdown.

1956: 12 games, 6 INT, 182 yards, 1 fumble recovery—141 rushing yards, 2 TD

1957: 12 games, 2 INT, 22 yards, 1 fumble recovery

1958: 12 games, 2 fumble recoveries

1959: 12 games, 5 INT, 14 yards

1960: 12 games, 3 INT, 31 yards, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 TD

1961: 14 games, 3 INT, 48 yards

1962: 14 games, 2 INT, 21 yards

1963: 14 games, 1 INT, 3 yards

1964: 14 games, 2 INT, 84 yards

1965: 2 games

Runner-up: Todd Bell