Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI for a Touchdown (Photo courtesy of Zimbio)

Few Bears Remain from Super Bowl XLI

Super Bowl Week is upon us.  The football world is descending upon New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.  It seems like just yesterday, the Bears were playing in the Super Bowl.  No, I’m not talking about Super Bowl XX, the one that the Bears won.  I’m talking about the other Super Bowl, the one that besides Devin Hester’s opening kickoff return, most Bears fans would like to forget.

It’s funny because that game was played just six years ago, but six years in the NFL is a lifetime.  Just check out the starters from that game for the Bears and the Colts: 

Starting Lineups

Indianapolis Colts
Peyton Manning QB
Joseph Addai RB
Marvin Harrison WR
Reggie Wayne WR
Ben Utecht TE
Dallas Clark TE
Tarik Glenn LT
Ryan Lilja LG
Jeff Saturday C
Jake Scott RG
Ryan Diem RT
Robert Mathis LDE
Anthony McFarland LDT
Raheem Brock RDT
Dwight Freeney RDE
Cato June LLB
Gary Brackett MLB
Rob Morris RLB
Nick Harper LCB
Jason David RCB
Antoine Bethea SS
Bob Sanders FS
Chicago Bears
Rex Grossman QB
Thomas Jones RB
Jason McKie FB
Muhsin Muhammad WR
Bernard Berrian WR
Desmond Clark TE
John Tait LT
Ruben Brown LG
Olin Kreutz C
Roberto Garza RG
Fred Miller RT
Adewale Ogunleye LDE
Tank Johnson LDT
Ian Scott RDT
Alex Brown RDE
Lance Briggs LLB
Brian Urlacher MLB
Hunter Hillenmeyer RLB
Charles Tillman LCB
Nathan Vasher RCB
Chris Harris SS
Danieal Manning FS

There are only a handful of players left in the league, much less still on the Bears.  Only a handful of players remain from that Super Bowl team.  Here are the Super Bowl XLI players that are currently on the Bears roster:

Patrick Mannelly

Brian Urlacher

Roberto Garza

Lance Briggs

Charles Tillman

Israel Idonije

Robbie Gould

Devin Hester

We hear time and time again that the Super Bowl window is closing for this group and that’s never been more evident than now.  Of the guys that remain, it’s possible Urlacher, Hester and Izzy could be gone as the Marc Trestman era gets underway.   Even if Urlacher comes back, he’s a shadow of his former self and his running mate Lance Briggs is still solid but he’s losing a step too.  Charles Tillman seems to be getting better and better but the edge of the cliff is steep and you never know when you’ll reach the edge.

Life in professional football moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around, you could miss it.

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