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All Star Bears team of the last 30 years

As a newcomer to this site and a UK Bears fan since 1983, I thought I'd take the opportunity to name my All Star Bears team of the last 30 years. Not an easy task, but since the team was at its strongest during the Ditka years of the mid to late 80's and during Lovie's reign, the majority of the team is made up from these teams.

Offense

LT Jimbo Covert

LG Mark Bortz

C Olin Kreutz

RG Tom Thayer

RT Keith Van Horne

TE Desmond Clark

WR Willie Gault

WR Marty Booker

WR Brandon Marshall

QB Jim McMahon

RB Walter Payton

I've gone for three WR and no FB, as the fullback role is diminishing in the current game. The OL is mostly made up of the 80's squad which was a very good line [we'd do anything for players of this quality today] and was always overlooked due to the dominance of the great defense at the time. McMahon gets the nod at QB, he was injury prone but when he played the team always found a way to win, plus he won a ring! Honourable mentions must go to those narrowly missing out, such as Jay Hilgenberg, Rueben Brown, ‘Big Cat' and the vastly under rated Neal Anderson, but good as he was there's no way you can leave out ‘Sweetness', one of the greatest Bears of all time.

Defense

DE Julius Peppers

DT Steve McMichael

DT Dan Hampton

DE Richard Dent

SLB Brian Urlacher

MLB Mike Singletary

WLB Lance Briggs

CB Charles Tillman

CB Donnell Woolford

SS Mike Brown

FS Gary Fencik

I've gone for the 4-3 as the Bears have pretty much always played this way. Most of the DL picks itself, with only Peppers breaking up the great 80's lineup. Trace Armstrong and Tommie Harris [injury hampered] miss out. LB was a n easier task as I've picked three of the best LB's ever [Butkus]. I've picked Lach out of position at strongside, but he can play there no problem and there was no way I could leave out Singletary. At weakside, Briggs gets the nod over Wilber Marshall, as great as Marshall was, his career wasn't as long in Chicago and Briggs has been a model of consistency. In the secondary, Peanut [interceptor and fumble enforcer]and Donnell Woolford [over Leslie Frazier] man the corners while Brown [one of my favourite ever Bears] and Fencik roam the middle.

Special Teams

P Brad Maynard

K Robbie Gould

LS Patrick Mannelly

PR Devin Hester

KR Dennis Gentry

ST Corey Graham

Glynn Milburn and Dennis McKinnon miss out in the return game and Ayanbadejo loses out to Graham as the special teamer.

Quite a hard task to pick the team, but this team would rock.

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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