The 20 Biggest Baddest Bears of All Time; #8 Bill George
No. 8 Bill George
Bill George (photo courtesy of ChicagoBears.com)
No. 61 was an innovator, becoming the first player to ever play the middle linebacker full-time and excel at doing so. George started his career at the middle guard position, where, on passing downs, it was his job to hit the offensive center, and then, drop back into coverage.
That all changed in one game against the Eagles, when, rather than hitting the center, he dropped back into coverage and had one ball hit him in the stomach before he intercepted the next pass.
George went on to start at middle linebacker and earn enshrinement into the Hall of Fame.
The Bears, in fact, have three middle linebackers currently in the Hall of Fame, with Brian Urlacher surely on his way to the Hall of Fame five years after he retires.
George was the first and played the middle linebacker position like a nose guard because thatís the mentality George learned to play with first.