List of Chicago Bears in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois.[1] They are currently members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and are one of two remaining charter members of NFL.[2] Founded in 1919 by the A.E. Staley Company as the Decatur Staleys and based in Chicago since 1922,[1] the Bears organization has become one of the most successful professional football teams, having won a total of nine professional American football championships—eight NFL Championships and one Super Bowl—second most in the NFL, behind the Green Bay Packers.[3] The franchise has recorded 18 NFL divisional titles, four NFL conference championships,[3] and the most regular season victories of any NFL franchise.[4] In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame was created to honor the history of professional American football and the individuals who have greatly influenced it.[5] Since the charter induction class of 1963, 32 individuals who have played, coached, or held an administrative position for the Bears have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Bears hold the record for the most individuals enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[6]

Of the 35 inductees, 28 made their primary contribution to football with the Bears, while the other 7 contributed only a minor portion of their career with the Bears.[6] Of the original 17 individuals inducted in 1963, three spent a majority of their careers with the Chicago Bears. This includes the founder, long time owner, and head coach George Halas,[7] long time halfback and two-way player Bronko Nagurski,[8] and the "Galloping Ghost" Red Grange.[9][10] The first few years of the Hall of Fame's existence saw 14 Bear players enshrined. Jim Finks was enshrined due to his contributions to the team as a general manager, not a player.[11] Mike Ditka was inducted into the Hall of Fame while serving as the team's head coach.[12] The most recent Bear to be inducted was Brian Urlacher in 2018.

Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame, located in Canton, Ohio was established in 1963.

Inductees

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Red Grange, a halfback and corner, had two different tenures with the Bears franchise (1925 and 1929–1934).
Pete Rozelle and George Halas
George Halas founded the Bears franchise and played tight end with the team in the early 1920s. Halas owned the team until his death in 1983.

References

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  5. ^ "The Pro Football Hall of Fame: Then and Now (Mission Statement)". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Franchises – Pro Football Hall of Fame". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – George Halas". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Bronko Nagurski". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Harold (Red) Grange". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "The Galloping Ghost". American Heritage. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Jim Finks". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  12. ^ a b c "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Mike Ditka". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  13. ^ a b "All Time Jersey Numbers" (PDF). Chicago Bears. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 31, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  14. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Ed Healey". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  15. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – William Roy Lyman". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  16. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – George Trafton". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  17. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Jimmy Conzelman". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  18. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Paddy Driscoll". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  19. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Dan Fortmann". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  20. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Dan Fortmann". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  21. ^ "2015 Media Guide" (PDF). PFHOF. p. 117. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – George McAfee". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  23. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Clyde Bulldog Turner". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  24. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Walt Kiesling". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  25. ^  "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Joe Stydahar". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  26. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Bobby Layne". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  27. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Bill Hewitt". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  28. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Bill George". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  29. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – George Connor". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  30. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Gale Sayers". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  31. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Dick Butkus". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  32. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – George Blanda". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  33. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Doug Atkins". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  34. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – George Musso". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  35. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Alan Page". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  36. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Stan Jones". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  37. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Walter Payton". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  38. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Mike Singletary". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  39. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Dan Hampton". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  40. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Richard Dent". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
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