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Former Bear Doug Buffone passes away at 70

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Former Chicago Bear Doug Buffone has died at the age of 70.

According to the Chicago Tribune, paramedics were called to Buffone's home early this afternoon where he was found dead at the scene.

Buffone was the 60th player selected (4th round) in the 1966 NFL Draft and he played his entire career with the Chicago Bears, retiring before the 1980 season. When he retired he sat atop the franchise for most games played (186); he's currently tied for 5th in games played.

Buffone's 24 interceptions is tied for 8th most in Bears' history, but is the most ever from a linebacker. Tackles weren't an official stat when Buffone played, but he had more than 1,200 in his career. Sacks were another unofficial stat during his playing days, and he had 18 in 1968.

After his playing days were over, he made himself known to a new generation of Bears fans by working as a host on WSCR 670am in Chicago. Most famously with long time Chicago guy Mike North and then with former Chicago Bull Norm Van Lier.

Most recently it was his passionate post game show with former Bears teammate Ed O'Bradovich that endeared himself to fans.