The 20 Biggest Baddest Bears of all Time; #12 Rick Casares
No. 12 Rick Casares
A hybrid sort of back, a cross between running back and fullback, Casares was a nasty runner who Doug Buffone called “probably the toughest player pound-for-pound that ever played for the Chicago Bears,”
At 6’2”, 226 lbs, Casares was a Golden Glove boxing champion and was offered a professional boxing contract at the age of 15. His mother forbade him to sign the pro contract, so he tookup high school sports back in Tampa.
Casares led the Bears in rushing for five seasons, including one season in which he led the NFL with 1,126 yards. The following year, Caseres was second in the NFL in rushing behind the great Jim Brown.
Casaras’ Bears rushing records, set in the 1950s and part of the ’60s, lasted until they were shattered by Walter Payton in the 1980s. Caseres is still third all-time on the Bears’ rushing list behind Payton and Neal Anderson and just ahead of Hall of Fame runner Gale Sayers.