Chicago Bears: 15 Greatest First Round Picks of All-Time

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QB. Columbia Lions, 1939 (No. 2). Sid Luckman. 4. player. 57.

The most important position in the NFL is the quarterback. Sid Luckman is the greatest quarterback to ever don a Bears’ uniform, so it’s not surprising he’s this high on the list.

When you hear about the great coach/quarterback combos in history like Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Bill Walsh and Joe Montana, you don’t hear George Halas and Luckman as often, but you should.

Luckman led the Bears to four NFL championships, including a 73-0 thrashing of the Washington Redskins. He was First-Team All-Pro five times and was the NFL MVP in 1943. He led the league in passing on three occasions and was a member of the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team.

Luckman could be argued to be higher on this list because he led the dominance that was the NFL’s first dynasty, the 1940s Bears. However, perhaps it’s because it was so long ago, there are three more iconic Bears who all happened to be first-round picks that have knocked Luckman down to No. 4.