245 Former Chicago Bears Part of NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement

Aug 9, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; NFL shield logo on the 50 yard line before the game of the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL reached a $765 million settlement with over 4500 former players who were part of a concussion lawsuit.

Many former players with neurological conditions believe their problems stem from on-field concussions. The lawsuits accused the league of hiding known risks of concussions for decades to return players to games and protect its image.

The NFL has denied any wrongdoing and has insisted that safety always has been a top priority.

There are several Hall of Famers on the list and according to my research, count 245 former Chicago Bears among them. 

Notables include Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon and the family of Dave Duerson, who tragically took his own life and attributed his mental health issues to CTE, attributed to concussions. Here is what I was able to find on former Bears players dating all the way back to 1953, sorted by year of retirement, with the most recent retirees listed first:

 

Name Position Team Rookie Retired Games Age
Brian Iwuh LB Jaguars and Bears 2006 2011 84 28
Thomas Jones RB Cardinals, Bucs, Bears, Jets, andChiefs 2000 2011 180 33
Jimmy Kennedy DL Rams, Bears, Vikings, Jaguars, andGiants 2003 2011 92 33
Brandon Manumaleuna TE Rams, Chargers, and Bears 2001 2010 158 33
Adewale Ogunleye DL Dolphins, Bears, and Texans 2001 2010 130 34
Todd Johnson DB Bears, Rams, and Bills 2004 2009 80 32
Dirk Johnson P Saints, Eagles, Bears, Cardinals, andBucs 2002 2009 80 37
Ian Scott DL Bears and Chargers 2003 2009 65 30
Robert Wade, Jr. WR Bears, Titans, Vikings, and Chiefs 2003 2009 102 31
Terrence O. Metcalf OL Bears 2002 2008 78 34
Daniel Buenning OL Bucs and Bears 2005 2008 36 30
Dusty Dvoracek DL Bears 2007 2008 13 31
Eddie Kennison III WR Rams, Chiefs, Broncos, Saints, andBears 1996 2008 179 39
Joey Larocque LB Bears 2008 2008 14 26
Terry Cousin DB Bears, Falcons, Dolphins, Panthers,Giants, Jaguars, and Browns 1997 2008 172 37
R.W. McQuarters DB 49ers, Bears, Lions, and Giants 1998 2008 157 35
Darwin Walker DL Cardinals, Eagles, Bears, andPanthers 2000 2008 109 35
Ricky Manning Jr. DB Panthers, Bears, and Rams 2003 2008 84 32
Anthony Thomas RB Bears, Saints, Cowboys, and Bills 2001 2007 87 34
Leon Joe LB Bears, Cardinals, and Bills 2004 2007 36 30
Joe Tafoya DL Bears, Seahawks, and Cardinals 2001 2007 76 33
Byron Keith Traylor DL Broncos, Packers, Chiefs, Bears,Patriots, and Dolphins 1991 2007 229 42
Todd Sauerbrun P Bears, Chiefs, Panthers, Broncos, andPatriots 1995 2007 178 39
Tyler Everett DB Bears 2006 2006 1 28
J.D. Runnels RB Bears 2006 2006 2 28
Daimon Shelton RB Jaguars, Bears, and Bills 1997 2006 133 39
Marcus Maxey DB Bears and Chiefs 2006 2006 2 29
Anthony Parrish DB Bears, 49ers, and Cowboys 1998 2006 131 36
Rex Tucker OL Bears, Rams, and Lions 1999 2006 49 35
Derrick Strait DB Jets, Bears, and Panthers 2004 2006 29 32
Michael Haynes DL Bears 2003 2005 42 31
Edward W. Berlin WR Titans and Bears 2001 2005 62 35
Marc Edwards RB 49ers, Browns, Patriots, Jaguars, andBears 1997 2005 132 37
Jerry Azumah DB Bears 1999 2005 105 35
Carl Powell DL Colts, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, andBengals 1997 2005 81 38
Jerrell Pippens DB Bears and Chargers 2004 2005 5 31
Robert E. Johnson Jr. TE Bears and Redskins 2003 2005 3 32
Bobby Gray DB Bears 2002 2004 29 34
Jonathan Quinn QB Jaguars, Chiefs, and Bears 1998 2004 17 37
Shane Matthews QB Bears, Redskins, and Bills 1996 2004 32 42
Stanley Pritchett RB Dolphins, Eagles, Bears, and Falcons 1996 2004 121 38
Karon Riley LB Bears and Falcons 2001 2004 25 33
Ahmad Merritt WR Bears 2001 2003 29 35
Bryan Knight LB Bears 2002 2003 31 33
Corbin Lacina OL Bills, Panthers, Vikings, and Bears 1994 2003 129 41
Keith McKenzie DL Packers, Browns, Bears, and Bills 1996 2003 95 39
Roosevelt Williams DB Bears and Browns 2002 2003 20 33
William Leon Johnson RB Jets, Bears, and Chargers 1997 2003 74 38
D’Wayne Bates WR Bears and Vikings 1999 2003 47 36
Vinny Sutherland WR 49ers and Bears 2001 2002 16 34
Bernard H. Robertson OL Bears 2002 2002 15 33
Christian Peter DL Giants, Colts, and Bears 1997 2002 81 39
Reginald Austin DB Bears 2001 2002 18 35
Marq V. Cerqua LB Bucs and Bears 2001 2002 5 35
Larry Whigham DB Patriots and Bears 1994 2002 136 39
Kevin Ray Dogins OL Bucs and Bears 1996 2002 49 40
Gregory Jones LB Redskins, Bears, and Cardinals 1997 2002 82 38
John Thierry DL Bears, Packers, and Falcons 1994 2002 131 40
Troy E. Wilson DL 49ers, Broncos, Saints, and Bears 1993 2001 61 41
Scott Dragos RB Bears 2000 2001 15 36
Jeff Graham WR Steelers, Bears, Jets, Eagles, andChargers 1991 2001 160 43
Thomas L. Smith DB Bills, Bears, and Colts 1993 2001 137 41
Sean Harris LB Bears and Colts 1995 2001 83 40
Henry Taylor DL Lions, Falcons, Bears, and Dolphins 1998 2001 9 36
Chris Hudson DB Jaguars, Bears, and Falcons 1995 2001 77 40
Khari Mitchell-Samuel LB Bears and Lions 1999 2001 39 35
Marty Carter DB Bucs, Bears, Falcons, and Lions 1991 2001 161 42
Alonzo Mayes TE Bears 1998 2000 37 37
Brad Culpepper DL Vikings, Bucs, and Bears 1992 2000 131 43
Curtis Enis RB Bears 1998 2000 36 36
Frankie Smith DB Dolphins, 49ers, and Bears 1993 2000 103 44
Luis Louie Aguiar P Jets, Chiefs, Packers, and Bears 1991 2000 152 45
Tommy Barnhardt P Bears, Saints, Redskins, Panthers, and Bucs 1987 2000 186 49
Chris Gedney TE Bears and Cardinals 1993 2000 73 41
Robert Chancey RB Chargers, Bears, and Cowboys 1997 2000 27 39
Darnell Autry RB Bears and Eagles 1997 2000 24 36
Anthony S. Johnson RB Colts, Jets, Panthers, Bears, andJaguars 1990 2000 159 45
Jeremy Lincoln DB Bears, Rams, Seahawks, Giants, andLions 1993 2000 107 43
Ricardo McDonald LB Bengals and Bears 1992 1999 119 42
Raymond Austin DB Jets and Bears 1997 1999 43 37
Mike Horan P Eagles, Broncos, Giants, Rams, andBears 1984 1999 205 53
Christopher Penn WR Chiefs, Bears, and Chargers 1994 1999 70 41
Bam Morris RB Steelers, Ravens, Bears, and Chiefs 1994 1999 74 40
Mike Tomczak QB Bears, Packers, Browns, and Steelers 1985 1999 185 49
Greg Huntington OL Redskins, Jaguars, and Bears 1993 1998 18 41
John Mangum DB Bears 1990 1998 105 45
Carl Simpson DL Bears and Cardinals 1993 1998 87 42
Anthony Marshall DB Bears and Eagles 1994 1998 62 41
Michael Dulaney RB Bears and Panthers 1995 1998 36 41
Brian Harper LeBel TE Seahawks, Eagles, Falcons, Bears, and Ravens 1989 1998 136 49
Dave Kreig QB Seahawks, Chiefs, Lions, Cardinals,Bears, and Titans 1980 1998 213 53
Gregory Briggs DB Cowboys, Bears, and Vikings 1995 1998 39 44
William Schultz OL Colts, Broncos, and Bears 1990 1997 56 46
Tony Stargell DB Jets, Colts, Bucs, Chiefs, and Bears 1990 1997 94 45
Corey Dowden DB Packers, Ravens, and Bears 1996 1997 14 44
Keith Jennings TE Cowboys and Bears 1989 1997 92 46
Scott Adams OL Vikings, Saints, Bears, Bucs, andFalcons 1992 1997 58 45
Robert Vinson Smith LB Falcons, Cowboys, Bears, and Saints 1988 1997 148 46
Donnell Woolford DB Bears and Steelers 1989 1997 126 46
Robert D. Green RB Redskins, Bears, and Vikings 1992 1997 71 42
John Jackson WR Cardinals and Bears 1990 1996 36 45
Dana Howard LB Rams and Bears 1995 1996 19 40
Elliott Jackson Jr. WR Bears 1996 1996 12 39
Maurice G. Douglass DB Bears and Giants 1986 1996 139 48
Jim McMahon QB Bears, Chargers, Eagles, Vikings,Cardinals, and Packers 1982 1996 120 52
Nate Lewis WR Chargers and Bears 1990 1995 82 45
Lewis Tillman RB Giants and Bears 1989 1995 109 46
Dante D. Jones LB Bears and Broncos 1988 1995 92 47
Shaun Gayle DB Bears and Chargers 1984 1995 160 50
Bryan Wagner P Bears, Browns, Patriots, Packers, andChargers 1987 1995 106 50
Glenell Sanders LB Bears, Rams, Broncos, and Colts 1990 1995 28 46
James Thornton TE Bears, Jets, and Oilers 1988 1995 96 47
Andre President TE Bears and Patriots 1995 1995 3 41
Johnny Bailey RB Bears, Cardinals, and Rams 1990 1995 81 43, X
Steve McMichael DL Patriots, Bears, and Packers 1980 1994 213 54
Michael Stonebreaker LB Bears and Saints 1991 1994 18 45
Brent Novoselsky TE Bears and Vikings 1988 1994 98 46
Wendell Davis WR Bears 1988 1993 81 46
Anthony Blaylock DB Browns, Chargers, and Bears 1988 1993 71 47
Darren Glen Lewis RB Bears 1991 1993 33 44
Fred Banks WR Browns, Dolphins, and Bears 1985 1993 80 50
Keith Van Horne OL Bears 1981 1993 186 54
John Wojciechowski OL Bears 1987 1993 92 48
Dave Duerson DB Bears, Giants, and Cardinals 1983 1993 160 50, X
Vestee Jackson DB andLB Bears and Dolphins 1986 1993 119 48
Jim Morrissey LB Bears and Packers 1985 1993 114 49
Ron Morris WR Bears 1987 1992 66 48
Dennis Gentry WR Bears 1982 1992 159 53
Eric Wright WR Bears 1991 1992 13 42
Lemuel Stinson DB Bears 1988 1992 69 46
Ronald Mattes OL Seahawks, Bears, and Colts 1986 1992 95 48
Mickey Pruitt LB Bears and Cowboys 1988 1992 62 47
Greg Clark LB Bears, Dolphins, Rams, Chargers,Packers, and Seahawks 1988 1992 70 47
David Zawatson OL Bears, Jets, and Dolphins 1989 1991 22 46
Thomas Sanders RB Bears and Eagles 1985 1991 90 51
James Covert OL Bears 1983 1990 111 52
Al Harris DL andLB Bears and Eagles 1979 1990 149 55
Kurt Becker OL Bears and Rams 1982 1990 94 53
Mike C. Richardson DB Bears and 49ers 1983 1989 91 51
Sean Lamar Smith DL Bears, Cowboys, Rams, and Bucs 1987 1989 26 47
Lew Barnes WR Bears, Falcons, and Chiefs 1986 1989 31 49
David A. Smith OL Bears 1988 1988 4 48
Emery Moorehead TE Giants, Broncos, and Bears 1977 1988 158 58
Greg Lasker DB Giants, Bears, and Cardinals 1986 1988 33 47
Brian Glasgow TE Bears 1987 1987 3 51
Bryant Ortego WR Bears 1985 1987 31 49
Sam Tyrone Bowers TE Bears 1987 1987 3 54
Egypt Allen DB Bears 1987 1987 6 48
James Althoff DL Bears 1987 1987 4 50
D. Kris Haines WR Redskins, Bears, and Bills 1979 1987 21 54
Perry Harnett OL Bears and Packers 1982 1987 12 52
Stephen Fuller QB Chiefs and Bears 1979 1986 90 55
Daniel P. Rains LB Bears 1982 1986 42 59
Cliff Thrift LB Chargers, Bears, and Rams 1979 1986 97 56
Brian Baschnagel WR Bears 1976 1984 129 58
Robert Avellini QB Bears 1975 1984 73 58
Patrick N. Dunsmore TE Bears 1983 1984 27 55
Mitchell Krenk TE Bears 1984 1984 8 53
Greg Landry QB Lions, Colts, and Bears 1968 1984 146 65
Jim Osborne DL Bears 1972 1984 186 63
Reuben Henderson DB Bears and Chargers 1981 1984 46 53
Anthony McGee DL Bears, Patriots, and Redskins 1971 1984 202 63
Terry Schmidt DB Bears and Saints 1974 1984 143 60
Walter Williams DB Lions, Vikings, and Bears 1977 1983 93 58
Thomas Daniel Neal OL Colts and Bears 1973 1983 134 62
John Janata OL Bears 1983 1983 15 51
Aloyouis Chesley LB Eagles and Bears 1979 1982 56 54
Bruce Herron LB Bears 1978 1982 71 58
Roland Harper RB Bears 1975 1982 89 59
Robin Earl TE andRB Bears 1977 1982 84 57
Willie McClendon RB Bears 1979 1982 57 55
Frederick Dean OL Bears and Redskins 1977 1982 40 57
Ted Albrecht OL Bears 1977 1981 77 57
Mike Phipps QB Browns and Bears 1970 1981 119 64
Emanuel Zanders OL Saints and Bears 1974 1981 99 60
Allan Ellis DB Bears and Chargers 1973 1981 105 60
Robert Newton OL Bears and Seahawks 1971 1981 142 62
Vaughn Lusby DB Bengals and Bears 1979 1980 18 56
Tom Hicks LB Bears 1976 1980 64 59
Steven Schubert WR Patriots and Bears 1974 1979 74 61
Lynn Boden OL Lions and Bears 1975 1979 67 59
John Golden Richards WR Cowboys and Bears 1973 1979 86 61
Wally Chambers DL Bears and Bucs 1973 1979 88 61
Lonnie Perrin RB Broncos, Bears, and Redskins 1976 1979 58 60
Donald Rives LB Bears 1973 1978 74 60
Lionel Antoine OL Bears 1972 1978 68 61
Bob Hyland OL Packers, Bears, Giants, and Patriots 1967 1977 136 67
Ross Brupbacher LB Bears 1970 1976 56 64
Lawrence Schreiber RB 49ers and Bears 1971 1976 74 65
Virgil Carter QB Bears, Chargers, and Bengals 1968 1976 52 66
John Henry Ward OL Vikings, Bears, and Bucs 1970 1976 78 64, X
Earl Thomas WR Bears, Cardinals, and Oilers 1971 1976 71 63
Ted Vactor DB Redskins and Bears 1969 1975 69 68
John Babinecz LB Cowboys and Bears 1972 1975 40 62
Craig Cotton TE Lions, Bears, and Chargers 1969 1975 77 64
Ernie Janet OL Bears, Eagles, and Packers 1972 1975 31 62
Norman F. Hodgins Jr. DB Bears 1974 1974 14 61
David Gagnon RB Bears 1974 1974 13 61
Michael Hoban OL Bears 1974 1974 1 60
Gail A. Clark LB Bears and Patriots 1973 1974 19 61
Ronald Smith DB andWR Bears, Falcons, Rams, Chargers, andRaiders 1965 1974 139 70, X
Michael Hull RB Bears and Redskins 1968 1974 89 67
Jerry Moore DB Bears and Saints 1971 1974 43 63
William Brown RB Bears and Vikings 1961 1974 194 73
Andrew Rice DL Chiefs, Oilers, Bengals, Chargers, andBears 1966 1973 102 71
Cecil Turner WR Bears 1968 1973 76 68
Roger Lawson RB Bears 1972 1973 22 63
Adrian Young LB Eagles, Lions, and Bears 1968 1973 52 66
Charles Howley LB Bears and Cowboys 1958 1973 180 75
Bill Staley DL Bengals and Bears 1968 1972 49 65
Robert Wallace WR andTE Bears 1968 1972 59 66
James D. Cadile OL Bears 1962 1972 128 71
Frank Cornish DL Bears, Dolphins, Bengals, and Bills 1966 1972 83 67
John Hoffman DL Redskins, Bears, Cardinals, andBroncos 1969 1972 31 68
Steve Wright OL Packers, Giants, Redskins, Bears, andCardinals 1964 1972 101 69
George Burman OL Bears, Rams, and Redskins 1964 1972 85 69
Roosevelt Taylor DB Bears, 49ers, and Redskins 1961 1972 166 75
James Grabowski RB Packers and Bears 1966 1971 75 67
Ronnie Bull RB Bears and Eagles 1962 1971 123 72
Theodore Wheeler III OL Cardinals and Bears 1967 1970 15 67
Ralph Kurek RB Bears 1965 1970 81 69
Harry Gunner DL Bengals and Bears 1968 1970 42 67
John Neidert LB Jets, Bengals, and Bears 1968 1970 30 66
Martin Amsler DL Bears, Packers, and Bengals 1967 1970 37 69
Terry Stoepel TE Bears and Oilers 1967 1970 20 67
Andrew Livingston RB Bears and Saints 1964 1970 47 67
Michael Pyle OL Bears 1961 1969 121 73
Kenneth Kortas DL Cardinals, Steelers, and Bears 1964 1969 73 70
Charles E. Brown DB andRB Bears and Bills 1966 1968 30 69
Rudy Bukich QB Bears, Steelers, Rams, and Redskins 1953 1968 103 80
Jake W. Martin TE Bears, Falcons, and Vikings 1964 1968 70 70
Roger A. LeClerc LB, K, and OL Bears and Broncos 1960 1967 104 75
Edward G. Cooke DL andLB Eagles, Colts, Bears, NY Titans, Jets,Broncos, and Dolphins 1958 1967 117 77
Bob Kilcullen DL Bears 1957 1966 104 76
Jon Arnett RB Rams and Bears 1957 1966 123 77
Larry Morris LB andRB Rams, Bears, and Falcons 1955 1966 124 79, X
Theodore G. Karras OL Steelers, Bears, Lions, and Rams 1958 1966 108 78
Maurice Youmans DL Bears and Cowboys 1960 1965 56 75
Tom Bettis LB Packers, Steelers, and Bears 1955 1963 109 79
Charles E. Sumner DB Bears and Vikings 1955 1962 73 82
Jack Johnson DB Bears, Bills, and Texans 1957 1961 45 78
John Connell Johnson DB Bears, Chiefs, Bills, and Texans 1957 1961 45 78
Bobby Watkins Jr. RB Bears and Cardinals 1955 1958 38 80
Fred Morrison RB Bears and Browns 1950 1956 84 85
Loyd Lowe DB andRB Bears 1953 1954 8 83

Didn’t Brandon Manumaleuseless take enough free money???

Topics: Chicago Bears, Concussion Lawsuit Settlement, Concussions, Dave Duerson, Jim McMahon, Lawsuit, NFL

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  • Stan Beyerman

    Vestee “Toast” Jackson. Hadn’t thought of that lump in years.