I decided to do a countdown to the Chicago Bears season opener on September 8th versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Thanks to one of my Twitter followers, I decided to combine the countdown with a roster preview of sorts.
We’re Bulldog Turner days away from the start of the Chicago Bears season. We don’t go very deep on #66’s in Bears history and that’s because the Bears retired that number for Clyde “Bulldog” Turner.
Turner was the Bears’ first round draft choice in the 1940 out of Hardin-Simmons University. There was a bit of a dispute with Turner, who tried to pull an Eli Manning and didn’t want to play on the Bears. The Lions offered him $200 to turn down other offers, but the Lions were fined $5000 for tampering and Turner ended up on the Bears.
Turner was a two-way player for the Beloved, playing both Center and Linebacker. He was a six-time all-pro center and had four interceptions playing linebacker in five NFL championship games. He was a player of the decade for the 1940’s en route to four championships. Turner had a long career, playing with the Bears from 1940 until 1952. Later in life, he took up coaching, where he spent a season coaching the New York Jets in 1962.
We’re 66 days from kickoff. Are you ready???