Chicago Bears Top 100: #6 Red Grange

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We’re finally in the Top 10 in our countdown of the Top 100 Chicago Bears!  These are the most dominant and elite figures in the storied Chicago Bears history.   As we get closer to the season opener, we get closer to naming the #1 Chicago Bear of all time.

#6 in our list of the Top 100 Chicago Bears of all time is Red Grange.  He is one of the cornerstones of the Chicago Bears and the NFL overall.  After a storied college career at the University of Illinois where he earner the nickname “The Galloping Ghost”, George Halas scrambled to sign Grange.

Grange was signed to a contract that included part of the gate on a 19 game barnstorming tour that had tens of thousands come out to  to help legitimize the league.  In his first season in the league – 5 games – Grange accounted for 3 TD’s and 401 yards.  After a dispute with the NFL, Grange left to form his own league, but the AFL flopped.  Grange suffered a knee injury against the Bears that robbed him of some of his speed and cutting ability.

Grange returned to the Bears and played six more years with the Bears.  He was an All Pro and two time NFL champion.  His #77 was retired by the Bears and he was a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, inducted in 1963.  Grange didn’t put up the biggest numbers in Chicago Bears history, but his impact on the Chicago Bears and the NFL is unquestioned.

What do you think of the ranking?  Too high?  Too low?  I guess you’ll have to check back to see who finished ahead of him to judge for yourself.  We’ll be counting down a different person each day as we inch our way to the September 7th season opener.

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