The Greatest Bears by Number (35-39)

Run, run before your position changes again. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


Let's march right along with this series and move into the upper 30s. Some nobodies cracked the list this time but there were some tough decisions to be made as well. One number in particular is shared by two of the most underrated and commonly forgotten-about running backs in team history. The rest? Well let's just say there are bound to a be a couple names you don't recognize this time around. So let's take the leap and see who lands where and what's what!

After number 35, which was a tough one to choose between Neal Anderson and Rick Casares, the rest of this post was a who's-who of who? No one else in this post has a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro vote to their name. I'm sure the lack of talent will all change next time when we get into the 40s, where the Bears have a couple retired numbers.

35 - Neal Anderson, RB (1986-93): It's hard to fill the shoes left behind by the greatest running back of all time but I think it's safe to say that Anderson did a superb job. He played his entire career in Chicago and finished second on the team's career rushing yards list behind his predecessor. He was a four-time Pro-Bowler and had three straight 1,000 yard seasons. He also had five straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage. Honorable Mentions - Rick Casares, RB (1955-64): A five-time Pro-Bowler and played 10 years in a Bears uniform. Roland Harper, FB (1975-82)

36 - Stu Clarkson, LB (1942, 1946-50): This was a tough one because we really haven't had any relevant, long time players wear 36. The media guide lists him with numbers 31 and 36 and PFR only lists 31, but his Wiki page features a picture of him in number 36 so here he is. He was also a part of the Normandy landing on D-Day during WWII. He was also Mr. Irrelevant in the 1942 NFL draft.

37 - Tony Parrish, S (1998-2001): Another number rather devoid of talent but Parrish had some good years. Four sacks, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles round out his time in Chicago.

38 - Danieal Manning, DB (2005-10): The media guide produces only five men who have worn this number for more than one season. The media guide all-time roster I am using is a PDF I found on Google and is from 2006 so it only lists through '05. So Danieal Manning it is. Most known on WCG for being patient one of the infamous Danieal Manning Syndrome (DMS) he was shifted around from safety to cornerback, nickel back, back to safety, as well as playing kick returner. Manning will suit up for the Texans this year but his career in Chicago finished with seven INTs, two sacks, seven forced fumbles, one safety and a kick return touchdown.

39 - George Gulyanics, HB/P (1947-52): Another number devoid of talent leads us to this gentleman. He had 2,081 career rushing yards and an even 600 receiving yards and 21 career TDs (19 rushing, 2 receiving). He added a career 44.5 yard career punt average, good for 11th all-time in NFL history. He is also from Mishawaka, IN, which isn't too far from where Ashley and I reside.

Numbers 00-4

Numbers 5-9

Numbers 10-14

Numbers 15-19

Numbers 20-24

Numbers 25-29

Numbers 30-34

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