Greatest Chicago Bear "Grabowski's" From The Past; Jim Flanigan

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  1. soulman

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    #99 Jim Flanigan


    Next is defensive tackle Jim Flanigan, a Bears player from the tail end of the era I like to call the Dark Ages in Chicago Bears history. The era after Ditka and before Lovie Smith, spanned by Dave Wannstedt and Dick Jauron where Bears football took a major step backward. Flanigan was drafted out of Notre Dame in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft.

    Flanigan didn’t have much of an impact as a rookie, but burst on the scene in his second season with the Bears. He recorded 11 sacks from the defensive tackle position, the highest total of his career. Besides his stellar work at defensive tackle, Flanigan also dabbled on offense. He caught four balls for four touchdowns between 1994 and 1997. Flanigan also has the distinction of catching the first 2-point conversion in team history against the Packers on September 1, 1997.

    Flanigan won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2000 and was released before the next season as they transitioned to the “700 pounds of ass” defensive line. :36 12 2[1]: :bah:

    He finished his Bears career with 40.5 sacks, good for 8th on the all time list.

    Flanigan stayed in the league until 2003, bouncing from the Packers, Eagles and 49ers the last few years of his career.

    Flanigan was kind of the successor to Steve McMichael and although a saner individual he was a very similar DT known for his ability to penetrate and pass rush. I'm always a fan of these unsung DTs we've had over the years. Maybe one of the more interesting facts about him is that he was actually born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    NFL Stats:
    Jim Flanigan
    Height: 6-2 Weight: 290 Age: 42
    Born: 8/27/1971 Green Bay , WI
    College: Notre Dame
    Experience: 10 Seasons

    Career Stats​

    SeasonTeam TacklesInterceptionsFumbles
    2003Philadelphia Eagles6 44 0.0-- ----0.0---- 
    2002San Francisco 49ers15112751.0-- ----0.0---- 
    2001Green Bay Packers1684026144.5--2----0.0---- 
    2000Chicago Bears1614------4.0-- ----0.0---- 
    1999Chicago Bears1616------6.0-- 166.06  
    1998Chicago Bears1616------8.5-- ----0.0---- 
    1997Chicago Bears1616------6.0  ----0.0---- 
    1996Chicago Bears1414------5.0  ----0.0---- 
    1995Chicago Bears1612------11.0  ----0.0---- 
    1994Chicago Bears14 ------0.0-- ----0.0---- 
    TOTAL56371946.0 216--6  
    #1 soulman, Aug 16, 2014
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  2. Bearstuff

    Bearstuff Yes, in the woods.
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    Pretty good for the 74th overall pick in the 1994 draft.
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  3. Blue Horse-shoe

    Blue Horse-shoe Pro-Bowler

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    Never mailed it in , never gave up - on bad teams . 100% effort every week .
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  4. soulman

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    I always thought the ironic part was the he was actually born in Green Bay. We're all familiar with Chris Zorich from his time with the Bears. Flanigan came a little later and IMHO was the second best pass rushing DT we had in that '80-'90s era. Only Mongo out did him in that regard.

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