Had the Bears decided to pay him after his initial contract expired and not give all that money to Marty Booker, Tony Parrish could have gone down as one of the great safeties in franchise history. Instead, he only ended up playing four years with the team but certainly made an impact during his short tenure in Chicago. He started all 64 games of his Bears career, starting at free safety his rookie year before moving to strong safety in 1999. The following year, he paired with Mike Brown to be one of the most dominating safety duos in the NFL. I guess we’ll never know what could have happened in they had stayed together. He signed a five-year deal with the 49ers when the Bears wouldn’t pony up the dough.
1998: 16 games, 1 INT, 8 yards, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 sack, 65 tackles
1999: 16 games, 1 INT, 41 yards, 1 forced fumble, 87 tackles
2000: 16 games, 3 INT, 81 yards, 1 TD, 1 forced fumble, 2 sacks, 64 tackles
2001: 16 games, 3 INT, 36 yards, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 sack, 56 tackles
Runner-up: Maurice Douglass