The Best Chicago Bears Of All Time By Jersey Number: #50-59

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#51-Dick Butkus

Tenure: 1965-1973

NFL.com once did a poll asking who the most feared tackler in league history was and Dick Butkus was the runaway winner. If that doesn’t tell you what kind of player he was, then I’m not sure what will. In just nine seasons with the Bears, Butkus racked up over 1000 tackles and 22 interceptions. Had the league been keeping good track of the stat at the time, it’s been said that he would be one of the all-time leaders in the forced fumble category, as his ability to strip the ball was unparalleled in his era. He’s a member of two All-Decade teams (60s and 70s), an eight-time Pro Bowler, a six-time First Team All-Pro, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. His #51 was retired the same night as Gale Sayers’ #40. The two men were drafted together in 1965.

1965: 14 games, 5 INT, 84 yards, 7 fumble recoveries

1966: 14 games, 1 INT, 3 yards, 4 fumble recoveries

1967: 14 games, 1 INT, 24 yards, 3 fumble recoveries

1968: 13 games, 3 INT, 14 yards, 1 fumble recovery

1969: 13 games, 2 INT, 13 yards, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 safety

1970: 14 games, 3 INT, 2 fumble recoveries

1971: 14 games, 4 INT, 9 yards, 3 fumble recoveries

1972: 14 games, 2 INT, 19 yards, 4 fumble recoveries

1973: 9 games, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD

Runner-up: NONE