Few Bears Remain from Super Bowl XLI


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

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 ManningQB
Joseph AddaiRB
Marvin HarrisonWR
Reggie WayneWR
Ben UtechtTE
Dallas ClarkTE
Tarik GlennLT
Ryan LiljaLG
Jeff SaturdayC
Jake ScottRG
Ryan DiemRT
Robert MathisLDE
Anthony McFarlandLDT
Raheem BrockRDT
Dwight FreeneyRDE
Cato JuneLLB
Gary BrackettMLB
Rob MorrisRLB
Nick HarperLCB
Jason DavidRCB
Antoine BetheaSS
Bob SandersFS
Chicago Bears
Rex GrossmanQB
Thomas JonesRB
Jason McKieFB
Muhsin MuhammadWR
Bernard BerrianWR
Desmond ClarkTE
John TaitLT
Ruben BrownLG
Olin KreutzC
Roberto GarzaRG
Fred MillerRT
Adewale OgunleyeLDE
Tank JohnsonLDT
Ian ScottRDT
Alex BrownRDE
Lance BriggsLLB
Brian UrlacherMLB
Hunter HillenmeyerRLB
Charles TillmanLCB
Nathan VasherRCB
Chris HarrisSS
Danieal ManningFS

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.