List of Chicago Bears in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame, located in Canton, Ohio was established in 1963.

The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois.[1] They are currently members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and are one of two remaining charter members of NFL.[2] Founded in 1919 by the A.E. Staley Company as the Decatur Staleys and based in Chicago since 1922,[1] the Bears organization has become one of the most successful professional football teams, having won a total of nine professional American football championships—eight NFL Championships and one Super Bowl—second most in the NFL, behind the Green Bay Packers.[3] The franchise has recorded 18 NFL divisional titles, four NFL conference championships,[3] and the most regular season and overall victories of any NFL franchise.[4] In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame was created to honor the history of professional American football and the individuals who have greatly influenced it.[5] Since the charter induction class of 1963, 32 individuals who have played, coached, or held an administrative position for the Bears have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Bears hold the record for the most individuals enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[6]

Of the 34 inductees, 27 made their primary contribution to football with the Bears, while the other 7 contributed only a minor portion of their career with the Bears.[6] Of the original 17 individuals inducted in 1963, three spent a majority of their careers with the Chicago Bears. This includes the founder, long time owner, and head coach George Halas,[7] long time halfback and two-way player Bronko Nagurski,[8] and the "Galloping Ghost" Red Grange.[9][10] The first few years of the Hall of Fame's existence saw 14 Bear players enshrined. Jim Finks was enshrined due to his contributions to the team as a general manager, not a player.[11] Mike Ditka was inducted into the Hall of Fame while serving as the team's head coach.[12] The most recent Bears to be inducted were Orlando Pace and Dick Stanfel in 2016.

Inductees[edit]

# § Number was retired by the club for contribution with team
Minor portion of career with Bears, major contribution for a different team
Red Grange, a halfback and corner, had two different tenures with the Bears franchise (1925 and 1929–1934).
Sid Luckman, a quarterback, spent his entire career with the Bears from 1939-1950.
George Halas founded the Bears franchise and played tight end with the team in the early 1920s. Halas owned the team until his death in 1983.
Class No.[a][13] Inductee Position Seasons[b] Notes
1963 7 § Halas, GeorgeGeorge Halas Club founder/Club Owner
Head coach
TE/DE
192083
40 seasons
192028
[7]
1963 3 § Nagurski, BronkoBronko Nagurski HB/OT/LB 193037
1943
[8]
1963 77 § Grange, Harold (Red)Harold (Red) Grange HB/CB 1925
192934
[9][10]
1964 16 Healey, EdEd Healey OT/DT 192227 [14]
1964 11 Lyman, William R.William R. Lyman OT/DT 192628
193031
193334
[15]
1964 13 Trafton, GeorgeGeorge Trafton C/DT 192021
192332
[16]
1964 Conzelman, JimmyJimmy Conzelman QB 1920 [17]
1965 1 Driscoll, PaddyPaddy Driscoll QB/DB/K
Head Coach
192629 [18]
1965 21 Fortmann, DanDan Fortmann OG/DT 193643 [19]
1965 42 § Luckman, SidSid Luckman QB/CB 193950 [20]
1965 Chamberlin, GuyGuy Chamberlin End/DE 192021 [21]
1966 5 § McAfee, GeorgeGeorge McAfee HB/DB 194041
194550
[22]
1966 66 § Turner, BulldogBulldog Turner C/DT 194052 [23]
1966 25 Kiesling, WaltWalt Kiesling OG 1934 [13][24]
1967 13 Stydahar, JoeJoe Stydahar OT/DT 193642
194546
[25]
1967 22 Layne, BobbyBobby Layne QB 1948 [26]
1971 56 § Hewitt, BillBill Hewitt TE/DE 193236 [27]
1974 61 § George, BillBill George LB 195265 [28]
1975 71 Connor, GeorgeGeorge Connor OT/LB 194855 [29]
1977 40 § Sayers, GaleGale Sayers HB 196571 [30]
1979 51 § Butkus, DickDick Butkus LB 196573 [31]
1981 16 Blanda, GeorgeGeorge Blanda QB 1949
195058
[32]
1982 81 Atkins, DougDoug Atkins DE 195566 [33]
1982 16 Musso, GeorgeGeorge Musso OT/G 193344 [34]
1988 89 § Ditka, MikeMike Ditka TE
Head coach
196166
198292
[c][12]
1988 82 Page, AlanAlan Page OL/DL 197881 [35]
1991 78 Jones, StanStan Jones OT 195465 [36]
1993 34 § Payton, WalterWalter Payton HB 197587 [37]
1995 -- Finks, JimJim Finks General manager 197482 [11]
1998 50 Singletary, MikeMike Singletary LB 198192 [38]
2002 99 Hampton, DanDan Hampton DE 197990 [39]
2011 95 Dent, RichardRichard Dent DE 198393
1995
[40]
2016 76 Pace, OrlandoOrlando Pace OT 2009 [1]
2016 -- Stanfel, DickDick Stanfel Offensive line coach 198192 [2]

Footnotes[edit]

  • a The uniform number worn by the player as a member of the Bears.
  • b Only includes the seasons with the Chicago Bears organization.
  • c Ditka was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his service just as a tight end.[12]

References[edit]

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  33. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Doug Atkins". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – George Musso". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  35. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Alan Page". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  36. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Stan Jones". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  37. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Walter Payton". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  38. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Mike Singletary". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  39. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Dan Hampton". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  40. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Richard Dent". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.