football The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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These are the greatest Bears of all-time. Since the NFL's inception, the Chicago Bears have been a vital part of the league's fabric. One of the classic football franchises (one of the two original NFL teams still in existence), the Bears are known for their punishing brand of black and blue football. The team has had some of the greatest players in football history wear the Dark Navy, Orange and White. When you think of great Chicago Bears, you generally think of defense, especially punishing linebackers. Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher are all considered some of the best linebackers in NFL history and they've all been leaders of the Monsters of the Midway. 

While many consider the best players to play for the Bears to be defenders, one of the greatest offensive weapons played for the Bears. The running back position for the Bears is one of the most prestigious in the entire NFL. That's what happens when you have players like Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, and Red Grange. So whether you like backs, centers, QBs, or receivers, there's a great Bears player at that position, to be sure.

The Bears have won nine championships in its illustrious history, which includes one Super Bowl berth. From that special 1985 team, you'll find many of the defensive stars on this list. They are considered one of the greatest defenses of all time, so you would expect them to be considered some of the best Bears players ever.

Who are the greatest Chicago Bears of all time? Who are the most famous Bears players? With over 50 of the greatest Chicago Bears listed here, it's up to you to decide who was truly the best. If you notice someone who isn't on this list, feel free to add them. Please re-rank and vote to your liking.

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Walter Payton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Walter Payton Running back

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Dick Butkus 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

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Gale Sayers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

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Mike Singletary 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Brian Urlacher 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Brian Urlacher Linebacker

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Mike Ditka 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Mike Ditka Tight end

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Richard Dent 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Richard Dent Defensive end

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George Halas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
George Halas End, Tight end

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Dan Hampton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Dan Hampton Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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Sid Luckman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Sid Luckman Quarterback

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Red Grange 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Red Grange Running back

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Bronko Nagurski 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Bronko Nagurski Running back, Fullback

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Devin Hester 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Devin Hester Wide receiver

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Matt Forté 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Matt Forté Running back

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Charles Tillman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Charles Tillman Cornerback

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Lance Briggs 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Lance Briggs Linebacker

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Doug Atkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Doug Atkins Defensive end

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Jim McMahon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Jim McMahon Quarterback

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Steve McMichael 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Steve McMichael Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman

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Wilber Marshall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Wilber Marshall Linebacker

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Bill George 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Bill George Linebacker

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William Perry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
William Perry Defensive tackle, Fullback - 1962

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Brandon Marshall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Brandon Marshall Wide receiver

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Gary Fencik 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Gary Fencik Safety, Defensive back

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Robbie Gould 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Robbie Gould Placekicker

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Jay Hilgenberg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Jay Hilgenberg Offensive Lineman, Center

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Olin Kreutz 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Olin Kreutz Center

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Willie Gault 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Willie Gault Wide receiver

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Neal Anderson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Neal Anderson Running back

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Jim Covert 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Jim Covert Tackle

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Kyle Long 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Doug Buffone 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Doug Buffone Linebacker

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Keith Van Horne 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Keith Van Horne Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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Otis Wilson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Otis Wilson Linebacker

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Dave Duerson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Dave Duerson Safety, Defensive back

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Brian Piccolo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Brian Piccolo Running back

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Kevin Butler 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Kevin Butler

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George Connor 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
George Connor Tackle, Offensive Lineman Linebacker

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Mike Brown 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Mike Brown Safety, Defensive back

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Stan Jones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Stan Jones Defensive tackle, Tackle Guard

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Richie Petitbon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Matt Suhey 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Matt Suhey Running back, Fullback

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Roosevelt Taylor 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Alshon Jeffery 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Alshon Jeffery Wide receiver

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Mike Hartenstine 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Mike Hartenstine Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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Leslie Frazier 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Leslie Frazier Cornerback

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Johnny Morris 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Johnny Morris Running back, Halfback Wide receiver

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Willie Galimore 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Willie Galimore Running back

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Rick Casares 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Rick Casares Running back, Fullback

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Tom Waddle 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time
Tom Waddle Wide receiver