The Best Chicago Bears Of All Time By Jersey Number: #40-49

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#42-Sid Luckman

Tenure: 1939-1950

Third up in this consecutive run of retired numbers is #42, quarterback/punter Sid Luckman, who stepped in during his second season with the Bears and led them to the NFL Championship, one of four he would win in his Hall of Fame career. He was also the punter on the team for years. But it was his play as a quarterback that defined his time in Chicago. He was a five-time First-Team All-Pro and a member of the 1940s All-Decade Team. He also won the MVP in 1943, a season in which he had a 13.9% touchdown rate, which is still the highest in history, a game where he threw for seven touchdowns, which is still tied for the all-time lead. He had 443 yards passing that day, which was the first 400-yard passing game in NFL history.

1939: 11 games, 23-51, 636 yards, 5 TD, 4 INT—27 punts, 1199 yards

1940: 11 games, 48-105, 941 yards, 4 TD, 9 INT—27 punts, 1147 yards

1941: 11 games, 68-119, 1181 yards, 9 TD, 6 INT—13 punts, 534 yards

1942: 11 games, 57-105, 1024 yards, 10 TD, 13 INT—24 punts, 976 yards

1943: 10 games, 110-202, 2194 yards, 28 TD, 12 INT—34 punts, 1220 yards

1944: 7 games, 71-143, 1018 yards, 11 TD, 12 INT—20 punts, 685 yards

1945: 10 games, 117-217, 1727 yards, 14 TD, 10 INT—36 punts, 1299 yards

1946: 11 games, 110-229, 1826 yards, 17 TD, 16 INT—33 punts, 1235 yards

1947: 12 games, 176-323, 2712 yards, 24 TD, 31 INT—5 punts, 177 yards—1-1 XP

1948: 12 games, 89-163, 1047 yards, 13 TD, 14 INT—10 punts, 384 yards

1949: 11 games, 22-50, 200 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT—1 punt, 16 yards

1950: 11 games, 13-37, 180 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

Runner-up: NONE