The Best Chicago Bears Of All Time By Jersey Number: #60-69

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#61-Bill George

Tenure: 1954-1965 (played 1952 & 1953 as #72)

Bill George is considered by many to be the first true middle linebacker in NFL history and was once called “the meanest Bear ever” by Rick Reilly, which is really saying something. His #61 is retired in Chicago and for good reason. He made the Pro Bowl eight consecutive years and was also a First Team All-Pro selection eight times. He was the leader of the defense that helped the Bears win the 1963 NFL Championship and is a member of the 1950s All-Decade Team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

1954: 12 games, 2 INT, 9 yards—4-6 field goals, 13-14 extra points

1955: 12 games, 2 INT, 13 yards, 2 fumble recoveries

1956: 12 games, 2 INT, 9 yards, 3 fumble recoveries

1957: 12 games, 1 fumble recovery

1958: 12 games, 1 INT, 5 yards

1959: 12 games, 2 INT, 20 yards, 1 fumble recovery

1960: 12 games, 1 INT, 12 yards

1961: 14 games, 3 INT, 18 yards, 2 fumble recoveries

1962: 13 games, 2 INT, 26 yards

1963: 14 games, 1 INT, 4 yards

1964: 8 games, 2 INT, 28 yards, 1 fumble recovery

1965: 2 games

Runner-up: Glen Holloway