We have gone through our lists of top 12 NFL bobbleheads by position, now we will begin to go through the top 10 by team. Next up is the Monsters of the Midway, the Chicago Bears. One of the original founding members of the NFL, as the Decatur Staleys, Chicago has one of the most storied histories in NFL history.
With more players than any other team in the Hall of Fame, 30, and second-most NFL championships behind Green bay with 9, including one Super Bowl. Known for strong running games and ferocious defense, the Chicago Bears are one of the most popular teams in the league with a fan base that travels across the nation to see their games.
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Mike Ditka – Tight End 1961 – 1972 / Head Coach 1982 – 1992
There are few people that exemplify the city they are known for better than Mike Ditka. Beginning his career as a tough-nosed tight end for the Bears, Ditka coached the same way he played.
Winning championships both as a player (1963), assistant coach (for the Dallas Cowboys in 1977) and a head coach (1985), Mike Ditka has had success in every level of his career.
Khalil Mack – Outside Linebacker 2014 – present
One of the new stars on the Chicago Bears defense, Khalil Mack has made his presence known from the first time he stepped on the field in a Chicago Bears uniform.
Traded from the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2018 season, Mack had a sack, forced fumble, interception, and a touchdown – in the first half of his first game as a Bear! Since joining the Bears the defense was ranked 1st in 2018 and 5th in 2019 in total points allowed, with plenty of years ahead of him. The future is bright for the Bears and Khalil Mack.
Brian Urlacher – Middle Linebacker 2000 – 2012
Chicago is known for its tough defenses, but specifically middle linebackers. With names such as Dick Butkus, Mike Singeltary, and Brian Urlacher it is not hard to wonder why. The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000 and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, Urlacher was the leader of a great defense that kept the Bears contending for the Super Bowl for many years.
Although that Super Bowl victory eluded him, he staked his claim among Chicago Bear greats and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
Jim McMahon – Quarterback 1982 – 1986
The “punky QB” was the perfect quarterback to lead the Bears offense during the mid-80s. Known for his headbands that he wore during his playing career, including a fine here and there for wearing the wrong brand, McMahon had plenty of ego to keep up with the defense who in 1985 is still considered by many to be the best defense of all time.
Walter Payton – Running Back 1975 – 1987
“Sweetness” is in the conversation as the best running back of all time. Coming out of Jackson State University, Payton was selected with the 4th overall pick in 1975 by a Chicago Bear team that had been mediocre at best for over a decade.
Payton quickly became one of the top backs in the league, winning the NFL MVP Award in 1977, and went to 9 Pro Bowls in his 12-year career. Named to the All-Pro first team and incredible 7 times, Payton is a member of the first-team All-Decade team for the ’70s and the ’80s.
When Payton retired in 1987 he was the NFL all-time rushing leader, which would not be broked until Emmitt Smith passed it with the Dallas Cowboys, and still sits at number 2 to this day. In addition to his great skills as a runner, Walter Payton was tough and dependable as well, only missing one game in his career, which was a coach’s decision in his rookie year.
Mike Singeltary – Middle Linebacker 1981 – 1992
“Samurai Mike” was the heart of the Bears defense in the ’80s. With a team record 10 Pro Bowl appearances, Singletary was all over the field making plays in both the running game and the passing game.
Singletary was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice, in 1985 and 1988, and was named to the All-Pro first team 8 times.
Gale Sayers – Running Back 1965 – 1971
In a rather short 7 year career, who knows how great he could have been had injuries not derailed his career. Know as the “Kansas Comet”, since he had played for the University of Kansas in college, Sayers scored a record 22 touchdowns as a rookie. That included tying the NFL record of 6 touchdowns in a game against San Francisco.
Teammates with both Dick Butkus and Mike Ditka, they both said that Gale Sayers was the greatest player they had ever seen.
Mitchell Trubiski – Quarterback 2017 – present
Showing flashes of greatness in his young career, fans are still waiting for Trubiski to take that next step. After being selected for the Pro Bowl in only his second season, Trubiski regressed in his third year, and second in coach Matt Nagy’s offense.
Although there were times when Trubiski showed the city of Chicago why he was selected with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, he will need to do much better in 2020 or he might be looking at a new team soon.
Tarik Cohen – Running Back 2017 -present
Standing only 5 foot 6 inches tall, Tarik Cohen has the ability to break any play for a touchdown if he gets his hand on the football. Able to do just about anything, Cohen had over 1,500 all-purpose yards his first two seasons, including a trip to the Pro Bowl after the 2018 season. While his numbers were not as good in 2019, as was the case with just about everyone on the Bears offense, Cohen will look to get back on track this year.
Alshon Jeffery – Wide Receiver 2012- present
One of the most talented wide receivers to play for the Chicago Bears, Jeffery was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft. In just 5 years with Chicago, Alshon Jeffery had 4,549 receiving yards and 304 receptions. This places Jeffery with the third-most receiving yards in Chicago Bears history.
There you have it, the top 10 NFL bobbleheads from the Chicago Bears, There were quite a few players that were great well before bobbleheads were popular, are there any players that you would like to see as a bobblehead? Let me know in the comments below!