Chicago Bears Moving On Up

MINNEAPOLIS MN - DECEMBER 20: Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears is congrtaulated by Matt Forte #22 and Greg Olsen #82 after scoring a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20 2010 in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

When looking at stats for my post last week, Jay Cutler By The Numbers, I noticed a few other current Chicago Bears that were quickly moving up the ranks.  They're within range of some milestones, so this time out I'll spotlight a few of those players.  Pro Football Reference was my go to site for the numbers.

Matt Forte is just 257 rushing yards behind Thomas Jones for 5th all time and 180 rushing attempts behind Gale Sayers for 4th all time.  His 171 receptions currently ranks him 26th, but he's a good season away from catching Harlon Hill's 226 for 11th.

Greg Olsen is quickly moving up the receiving ranks.  He currently sits at 17th with 194, only 48 catches behind Desmond Clark for 9th all time in Chicago History, and that would make him the 2nd most prolific TE in Bears history.  His 20 receiving TDs ranks him 16th and the top ten is only 3 more scores away.

Brian Urlacher will move into 4th all time in sacks with just 2.5 in 2011.  And if he plays in all 16 games, he'll move into a tie with Richard Dent for 3rd place in games played on defense with 170.

Charles Tillman can tie Donnell Woolford for 3rd all time in interceptions with 5 more.  He currently has 27.  If he has 20 more return yards from interceptions he'll move into 2nd place all time in that category, and he's 174 yards away from Richie Petitbon's all time Bears mark of 643 int return yards.  His 23 forced fumbles is 2nd behind Hall Of Famer Dent's 34.

Devin Hester has 2,724 punt return yards, only 57 yards shy of Sayers and 161 behind Jerry Azumah for 3rd all time.  With just 7 more kickoff returns he'll move into 3rd all time in that category.  And he needs 2 more kickoff return TDs to tie Sayers for the team lead of 6.

Robbie Gould is just 65 points behind Walter Payton for 2nd all time in scoring.  He'll move into 2nd all time in extra points made with just 39 more, passing George Blanda.  If he attempts 20 more field goals he'll become 2nd all time in that stat behind Kevin Butler.

I think it's a long shot for him to return, but Brad Maynard needs just 6 more punts to be the all time Bears punter.

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