Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears center Roberto Garza (63) prepares to snap the ball against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Top 100: #76 Roberto Garza


We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Bears 2014 season kicks off.  Thanks to Bear Goggles On contributor and the fine editor of Blackhawk Up Keith Schultz’s suggestion, we’re going to do a Top 100 list of the all time Chicago Bears.  It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down memory lane.

Next up in our Top 100 countdown is the 76th player, as ranked by our very unscientific rankings, center and guard Roberto Garza.  Probably the toughest position to rank in our rankings are the offensive linemen.  Unlike the skill positions, we don’t have yardage or touchdowns to use as a measuring stick.  Even defensive players have tackles or sacks or interceptions to use as a guide to put players in the proper context.  Garza gets in on the merits of his tenure and durability as much as on his ability.

Garza was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 99th selection of the 2001 Draft.  Following four solid seasons with the Falcons, Garza was signed as a free agent before the 2005 season.  He joined the Bears as a guard, playing alongside center Olin Kreutz from 2005 – 2010.  When Kreutz moved on, Garza stepped in as center where the Bears didn’t miss a beat.

Garza has been on some of the best Bears offensive lines and some of the worst.  He’s seen it rebuilt under several different coordinators in his stint with the Bears.  In his second season under Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer, it will be one of the few times he’ll have as the same offensive coordinator for two straight seasons.

We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Bears 2014 season kicks off.  Thanks to Bear Goggles On contributor and the fine editor of Blackhawk Up Keith Schultz’s suggestion, we’re going to do a Top 100 list of the all time Chicago Bears.  It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down memory lane.

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