The Greatest Bears by Number (25-29)

Let's get right back into it, continuing my series of looking at the greatest players ever to wear every jersey, today we'll look at numbers 25-29. The twenties, as jerseys are concerned, I always think of running backs but as we know, DBs also use them and they took up the majority of the 20-24 post, so will that trend continue with this group? Let's find out, shall we?

 

 

25 - J.C. Caroline, DB (1956-65): I honestly had not heard of this guy but his 10 seasons with the Bears is the most by anyone who has worn number 25. He was a Pro-Bowler as a rookie when he had 6 INTs, returning 2 for TDs. He also saw duty as a HB, rushing 68 times for 263 yards and two scores in his career. Honorable Mention: Brad Muster, FB (1988-92)

26 - Matt Suhey, FB (1980-89): Suhey is known as the lead blocker for Walter Payton, but he was a pretty good player himself, logging a 3.6 career YPC for 2,946 yards and 20 TDs. He was also a receiving threat tallying up 2,113 yards and 5 TDs catching the ball too.

27 - Walt Harris, CB (1996-2001): Harris started 83 of 87 games he played in as a Bear and brought in 15 INTs which he returned for three TDs and he added nine forced fumbles and 366 tackles.

28 - Willie Galimore, RB (1957-63): The number is retired for him, so it's a slam dunk. Nicknamed "Willie The Wisp" he was known for his speed and elusiveness when dodging would-be tacklers. Unfortunately he was killed during training camp with teammate Bo Farrington when he was only 29. He finished with 2,985 yards and 26 TDs rushing and another 1,201 yards and 10 TDs receiving. He also had one kick return TD.

29 - Dennis Gentry, WR/RB/KR (1982-92): This was a tough one because there were four guys who had similar careers play out with the Bears, not great, but good contributors. I went with Gentry because Raymont Harris played for the Packers and Ronnie Bull and Joe Kopcha had numbers that didn't really blow me away. Gentry played his entire career in Chicago and finished with 171 receptions for 2, 076 yards and seven TDs. He also had 764 rushing yards and five rushing TDs. He's probably best remembered as the KR for all those years; he returned 192 kickoffs for 4,353 yards and 3 TDs.

The rest of the series:

Numbers 00-4

Numbers 5-9

Numbers 10-14

Numbers 15-19

Numbers 20-24

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