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Who are the Chicago Bears' Fantastic Four?

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The Fantastic Four is a classic Marvel comic book created by industry icons Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1961. The characters have been seen not only in books, but in cartoon form and in the movies as well. The latest incarnation featuring the super hero team actually opens today and so far the reviewers are not feeling the reboot.

Since I'm a huge comic book fan I'll see it eventually, but I'll probably wait for it to make it to cable.

With the "buzz" surrounding the movie's opening and the Chicago Bears in the middle of training camp, I figured I'd do a F4/Bears mashup and give my picks for the Chicago Bears' Fantastic Four.

This isn't a list of the four most decorated or popular Bears' players. This isn't necessarily a list of the four most important Bears (been there done that). And for the record my top 4 Bears' players in order of importance was Jay Cutler, Pernell McPhee, Alshon Jeffery and Kyle Fuller. This isn't a list of the highest paid or the highest graded Bears.

A quick FYI, here are the four highest graded current Bears based off of their 2014 grades from Pro Football Focus. Pernell McPhee (+26.0), Jeremiah Ratliff (+20.5), Kyle Long (+12.1) and Pat O'Donnell (+10.9).

This is a list of the four most Fantastic Bears' players.

What makes a player Fantastic? That's up to you to decide. Here's my list.

Kyle Long

Besides being a two time Pro Bowler and an emerging locker room leader, Long is a fun follow on twitter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Random PED test this morning - don&#39;t you know I got these arms from holding my <a href="">@Xbox</a> controller for all these years? <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Kyle (@Ky1eLong) <a href="">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Who else takes a selfie with a cup of their own pee?

Long continually engages Bears' fans and he just seems like he gets it. Plus he has a big wheel.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Defensive Linemen Beware!!!&#10;&#10; <a href="">@Ky1eLong</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; ANTHONY ADAMS (@spiceadams) <a href="">August 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Matt Forte

Forte has been a consistently good player throughout his Bears career. He has the 2nd most rushing yards and rushing attempts in franchise history. He's 2nd in receptions and 7th in receiving yards. If he manages 50 catches this year, he'll surpass Walter Payton as the Bears #1 pass catcher.

Even with the Bears expected to lighten Forte's load this year, I still expect him to pass the thousand yard mark and to continue his steady play.

Jeremiah Ratliff

Kyle Long called Ratliff "the final boss you got to face in the video game, you play it all summer and then you got to beat Jeremiah Ratliff."

Ratliff plays the game angry and he practices with that same edge. Bears' guard Matt Slauson -- a badass in his own right -- happened to spot Ratliff looking his way yesterday at practice with an enraged look in his eye. Slauson said Ratliff had "the meanest look I'd ever seen," and that it seemed like he was "going to kill me and eat my soul."

He has the wisdom and experience that a 33 year old with four Pro Bowls has, and even though he comes across as a leave-me-the Hell-alone kind of person, he actually takes on a mentorship role with the young Bear defensive linemen.

Pernell McPhee

Yes, he's a newcomer to Chicago, but he's bringing a nasty attitude with him. After describing himself as "violent" at his introductory presser he immediately won over old school fans. The Bears' D has been lacking a versatile and violent defender and McPhee was ready to bring the pain.

Long may have described Ratliff as the final boss in a video game, but he said McPhee "is probably sitting right there with him, security for the boss."

When asked to elaborate on what playing violent means, McPhee took it to the extreme.

"Destroying any guy who's across from me," McPhee said after Thursday's practice. "Destroying him mentally, physically and destroying every play. That's the main thing, havoc in the backfield. Blowing up everything."

I really like how often he talks about destroying things.

McPhee may have been a part time player in Baltimore, but in Chicago he's poised top be the centerpiece of the defense. He and Ratliff are going to give the Bears the attitude they need.

'I'm going to blow this [expletive] up,' and you tell the man next to you that you're going to blow it up and you actually do it, they get a little scared," McPhee said. "That's the main thing about playing defense. You've got to put fear in the opponent's hearts."

Now it's your turn, who are your Chicago Bears' Fantastic Four?