Last week I asked you guys for some nominations for an "Unconventional" Chicago Bears Mt. Rushmore, something we called Mt. Lunchpail.
Picking the top four iconic Chicago Bears for a Mt. Rushmore type monument would be too easy. Papa Bears, Sweetness, Butkus, and Da Coach. So we're picking four other guys. Four hard working never give up type players, guys that played the game the right way, guys that Chicago Bears fans can be proud of.
The only criteria was that the players couldn't have been voted to the Pro Bowl or named an All Pro. I will take a little liberty with our original criteria, and allow a few nominations that were recognized (Pro Bowl/All Pro) solely for their special teams ability as long as they weren't household name type guys. We want those under the radar players that became special to us. We want some Chicago guys.
Be sure to vote for your #1 choice in the poll. After we determine a winner, we'll have another poll with the remaining Bears to determine the 2nd face to adorn Mt. Lunchpail, and then a 3rd, and a 4th.
Here are the nominations in alphabetical order.
Jerry Azumah (2000-05) - His 2 kick return TDs netted him an invite to Hawaii in 2003, but we'll allow his nomination. Converted to corner from running back in college, he want on to 49 starts in six years
Brian Baschnagel (1976-84) - He played in 129 games for the Bears with 72 starts, he has a great last name and an even greater mustache.
Alex Brown (2002-09) - Brown was on the cusp of a Pro Bowl a few times, and he is 4th all time in sacks. He still lives in the area, and can be heard on Chicago talk radio.
Doug Buffone (1966-79) - Buffone played a part of his career in the shadow of Dick Butkus, but he was a very good outside linebacker. His 24 interceptions rank him 8th all time for the Bears. He's best know to this generation of Bear fan from his lively appearances on the Score.
Kevin Butler (1985-95) - He's still the Bears all time scoring leader, and even though he was named 2nd team All Pro by the Newspaper Entertainment Association, I'll allow his inclusion.
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Desmond Clark (2003-10) - Clark was a good all around tight end during his 12 year NFL career. He has the 1oth most receptions in Bears history, and he's 2nd to only Mike Ditka in receptions by a Bears TE.
Curtis Conway (1993-99) - Conway caught a career best 81 balls in 1996 with Dave Craig taking the majority of snaps at QB. He's fifth all time in receptions and receiving yards for the Bears.
Bobby Douglas (1969-75) - Never much of a passer, his scrambling ability is legendary in Chicago. He has the 13th most rushing yards in Bears history, and is tops in rushing yards among all Bears QBs.
Jim Flanigan (1994-00) - Flanigan racked up 40.5 sacks in 108 games for the Bears, good for eighth all time in the franchise's history.
Dennis Gentry (1982-92) - Gentry was named to a few All Pro teams as a returner, but I'll allow his nomination. He was a kick returner, a special teamer, a running back, and a receiver during his Bears career.
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Roland Harper (1975-82) - This 17th round draft pick played fullback with Walter Payton and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards in 1978. He's 8th all time in rushing yards for the Bears.
Mike Hartenstine (1975-86) - He started eight games on the d-line during the magical 1985 season. His 12 sacks in 1983 was most on a very talented Bears defense.
Hunter Hillenmeyer (2003-10) - Hunter was drafted by the Packers, was cut, then signed on as a reserve LB with the Bears. He became the starting strong side linebacker, and he also filled in the middle from time to time. He was a cerebral player that walked away from the game after suffering a concussion.
Israel Idonije (2004-12) - Very active with charity work in the community, and as an undrafted free agent he's played all up and down the Bears d-line in 134 career games.
Patirck Mannelly (1998-current) - No other Bear player has appeared in more than his 231 games. Plus he's Patrick Mannelly.
Brad Maynard (2001-10) - Maynard was known for his directional punting, but he holds a 153.3 QB rating from his 10 years in Chicago.
Jim Miller (1999-02) - Miller was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a member of eight different NFL teams. His most success was as a Bear. He's currently a member of the Chicago media with Comcast Sports. He's not afraid to tell it like it is.
Barry Minter (1993-00) - Minter is more than just the answer to the trivia question, "Who did Brian Urlacher replace in the Bears lineup?", he also gave his all on some bad Bears teams.
William Perry (1985-93) - We're talking about the Fridge, and he's the rookie... If Perry played today, his immense girth would be considered normal. He's more famous for his backfield appearances than his work as a DT, but he had nearly 30 sacks in his career.
Brian Piccolo (1966-69 ) - Piccolo is probably the 2nd most nationally know Bear among the nominations for Mt. Lunchpail, but he has a special place in Chicago sports history.
Doug Plank (1975-82) - The famed 46 Defense was named after Plank's #46 jersey. He played a violent safety for the Bears.
Revie Sorey (1975-83) - Sorey was a 5th round draft pick that opened some holes for Bears backs for parts of eight seasons.
Matt Suhey (1980-89) - He took the job of lead blocker for Walter Payton after the Roland Harper era. Suhey is eighth all time in receptions, and tenth all time in rushing in Chicago history.
Keith Van Horne (1981-93) - Van Horne was my first ever favorite Bears player. The first time I saw him stick up for his QB, I knew he was the kind of player for me. He had 169 starts at RT in his 13 year Bears career.
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Tom Waddle (1989-94) - Known for his great hands and his toughness, Waddle was an undrafted free agent that had to struggle to even make the Bears. He was named to the All Madden team in 1991.
Chris Zorich (1991-97) - Zorich was raised on the South Side, went to Notre Dame, and was a 2nd round pick of the Bears. He was known for his hustle, and was a classic overachiever.
Once we have a full slate of "our guys", our very own David Taylor will craft the Mt. Lunchpail in all it's glory for us to marvel at.
Also if there are any players you feel warrant inclusion, that weren't nominated, put them in the comment sections. We may throw them in for the next round.
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