Top Ten Defensive Players in Chicago Bears History

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7. George Connor

Nov 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; General view of a Chicago Bears helmet on the sidelines against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Connor is probably the least known name on this list but it’s not because of his performance on the field. After serving the country in World War II, Connor dominated at Notre Dame and was the fifth overall pick of the 1946 NFL Draft.

Connor was a versatile defender, excelling at both defensive line and at linebacker. He was, according to legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice, “the closest thing to a Greek God since Apollo.”

Connor was named to 4 Pro Bowls, 4 first-team All Pros, was a member of the 1940s all-decade team, and to top it off, he was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary team. His name may be getting lost in history, but it’s a name Bears fans should know.