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Once maligned as a swampy outpost, the fledgling city of Chicago brazenly adopted the motto Once maligned as a swampy outpost, the fledgling city of Chicago brazenly adopted the motto Urbs in Horto or City in a Garden, in Chicago Gardens shows how this upstart town earned its sobriquet over the next century, from Da Bears! An acclaimed sports journalist and native Chicagoan tackles what many call the greatest team in An acclaimed sports journalist and native Chicagoan tackles what many call the greatest team in NFL history.
For half a century, the Denver Broncos have provided countless thrills, and a few spills, For half a century, the Denver Broncos have provided countless thrills, and a few spills, for their devoted fans.
Composed of a carefully curated selection of archival Chicago Tribune columns and features, Ditka is Composed of a carefully curated selection of archival Chicago Tribune columns and features, Ditka is a hard-hitting look at the Chicago Bears' legendary player and coach. Mike Ditka was drafted by the Bears as a tight end in and William Wallace Denslow, known William Wallace Denslow, known professionally as W.
Denslow, was an American illustrator and caricaturist remembered for his work in collaboration with author L. Frank Baum, especially his illustrations of He was a monster on the field, creating havoc in the backfield on nearly every snap. Dent was a rugged working man's player. He was tenacious off the ball, and when he got hold of a player, he was going down. When a defensive scheme is named after your number, you knowing you're doing something right, and such is the case with Doug Plank.
Chicago Bears: The Complete Illustrated History [Lew Freedman] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of only two remaining charter. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Lew Freedman is the author of more than 40 books on sports, including Chicago Bears: The Complete Illustrated History.
As a safety for the Bears, Plank developed a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the league, something that led Buddy Ryan to name his famous 46 defense after the number Plank donned on his jersey. He played and hit so hard that it forced him into an early retirement in , causing him to miss out on the Bears one and only Super Bowl appearance and win. As a safety tandem with Gary Fencik, they earned the nickname "The Hit Men" for the abuse they caused opposing players. Plank played every play literally through the whistle, which garnered him a dirty player tag.
But if there was ever a Chicago Bear who could lay the lumber, it was Plank.
Drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, Turner nearly got lured to the Detroit Lions , but ultimately they were found guilty on tampering accusations and Turner had to play for the Bears. As a center and middle linebacker, Turner was one of the most consistent players on the early Bears teams. He was another player who was far bigger than the average player of the day, measuring in at 6'2" and lbs, making him a matchup nightmare. Turner was a student of the game and, according to the Chicago Tribune , studied every position for every play on both offense and defense so he could contribute in any way he was needed.
Where he was needed was where he played. He played with a mean streak and often laid the lumber on not-so-lucky opponents.
Bulldog was an eight-time all-pro and four-time NFL Championship winner with his time with the Bears. He was another Bears great who was known to really dish out licks to opposing players. Bronko Nagurski is known as one of the Bears all-time greats playing from and one final season with the team in He was a Jack of all trades, even starring as a professional wrestler and winning multiple heavyweight championships. But on the gridiron, he was not one to mess with.
Nagurski was a man among boys. He stood 6'2" and lbs in a time when the average height for a male was under 5'9" and lbs. He was bigger than most linemen of the era. He was big, strong and fast and other players knew to watch out. Bronko was a monster constantly looking for contact and trucking over defenders. He even looks mean and he sure played like it. He is also the only player in NFL history to be an all-pro at three different positions.
You don't get a nickname like "Danimal" if you aren't an animal on the football field. And that is exactly what Dan Hampton was.
Hampton was a huge part in the Bears vaunted '85 defense at defensive tackle, regularly dominating offensive linemen and laying crushing hits on the quarterback.