2001-2010 All-Bears Team: Safety #1

Hard to believe that we only have four more polls until the defense is finished - one more linebacker, one more cornerback and the two safeties. Then, of course, it's the punter, kicker and returner. But, we're getting ahead of ourselves; I still haven't shown the winner of the last linebacker poll, although I think I know where that one went.

With 95% of the vote, Lance Briggs is the second linebacker on the team, alongside Brian Urlacher.

Given that, I think the third linebacker poll will definitely be the most heated of the three. That's not saying much. This time, we'll get into the safety corps, and there's actually a fairly decent group of players to choose from... Follow me past the jump, and you know the routine.

Mike Brown: A second round draft pick of the Bears in 2000, Mike Brown might be remembered most for the two game-ending interceptions in back to back overtime games in back to back weeks in that 2001 season, in which he was named an All-Pro. Played as a Bear from 2000 to 2008; injuries decimated his 2004, 2006 and 2007 campaigns, although in 2005 he rallied to be named a Pro-Bowler despite playing only twelve games. He started 99 of the 100 games he played as a Bear. From 2001 to 2008, he picked up five sacks, 16 interceptions returning three for touchdowns, seven fumbles forced recovering three for a touchdown, and 341 tackles with 73 assists.

Mike Green: Probably better known for being Mr. Irrelevant in the 2000 draft, Green started at safety in 2002 and 2004 while playing for the team from 2000 to 2005. Since 2001, Green picked up 6 sacks, four interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and 310 tackles with 74 assists.

Chris "The Hitman" Harris: Definitely known for having the best nickname of any of the Bears' safeties, Harris was a sixth round draft pick of the Bears in 2005. He was traded to the Panthers before the 2007 season for a 5th-round draft pick in 2008; that pick became Kellen Davis. Harris was traded back to the Bears in 2010 for linebacker Jamar Williams. Harris started 36 of his 41 games played as a Bear; in those games, he has a sack, ten interceptions including five in 2010, twenty passes deflected, no forced fumbles (all twelve of his forced fumbles were as a member of the Panthers), and 142 tackles with 40 assists.

Danieal Manning: Manning is best known for the affliction known as DMS; he's been shuffled from safety to nickel and back to safety, and when left to start at safety he had his best season defensively. He's started 56 of his 77 games played; as a Bear, he's amassed 7 interceptions, 26 passes defended, seven forced fumbles, and 272 tackles with 65 assists.

As always, if you disagree with any of these four, vote "Other" and explain it in the comments!

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