The 20 Biggest Baddest Bears of All Time; #5 Ed Sprinkle
No. 5 Ed Sprinkle
Ed Sprinkle (photo courtesy of fanbase.com)
Ed Sprinkle was known as “The Claw.” Sprinkle’s nickname came from an arm rip he used to discard blockers, ball-carriers or QBs. Sprinkle was known by many as “the meanest man in pro football.”
Doug Buffone didn’t disagree.
“Ed Sprinkle has to be on that list,” Buffone said. “I didn’t play with him, but you heard about him as a player when you came into the league and played for the Bears. He RUINED people.”
He was a member of the 1940s All-Decade team as a defensive end and is in the Bears’ Ring of Honor.
George Halas said of Sprinkle, “the greatest pass-rusher I've ever seen" and "a rough, tough ballplayer, but not a dirty one.”