These four make up the ultimate Chicago Bears Mount Rushmore

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Dick Butkus would be on most, if not all, Chicago Bears Mount Rushmores

I have to admit that Dick Butkus would not make my personal Mount Rushmore. It does not help that I never saw him play. After speaking with the other writers at BearGogglesOn, I was easily convinced that Butkus must be on our Mount Rushmore.

Butkus is known for his mean and ferocious playing style. He played from 1965 to 1973 and made the Pro Bowl in all but his final season when he only was able to play in nine games. Butkus is not known for creating the middle linebacker position, but many would say he might have perfected it.

Just like Walter Payton, Butkus finds himself in the Hall of Fame, and for good reason. Many think of Butkus as just a big bruiser, but he had plenty of other skills. In his rookie season, he picked off five passes and grabbed seven fumble recoveries. In nine years, he picked off 22 passes and came away with 27 fumble recoveries while manning the middle of the Chicago Bears defense.

Over his nine seasons, Butkus earned eight Pro Bowl appearances, five First-Team All-Pro honors, and earned Defensive Player of the Year in 1969 and 1970. Despite my recency bias for a different middle linebacker, Butkus deserves to be among the others on this Mount Rushmore.