Which players best "sum up" the 1985 Bears

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  1. BradMustersGhost

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    For me, for SOME reason, I always think of Otis Wilson and Jim McMahon. Mind you, I am not asking you which players you thought were the MOST TALENTED/DOMINANT. I am just inquiring as to which players are the first ones to pop into your head when someone mentions that glorious season?
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    Matt Suhey and Gary Fencik. Neither had a boat load of "measureables" that people look to today, like size, speed, fancy 40-times, etc. But they played smart football, and they played with passion. They both were out of the limelight that the "stars" of that team basked in. But the team was so much better with them playing. I don't know how many times one of those players came up "big" in key situations that had major impact on games. Matt would get that one catch to move the chains when teams were over-keying on Walter, or he'd bulldoze a big DLineman so Walter could get that key 1st down that kept drives alive. Nobody really noticed much, because he wasn't a "name" star. But guys like him are the glue that hold a great team together at times. Fencik was the same way on defense. But all we every talked about were guys in the limelight like the Fridge, or Hampton, or Singletary and the rest. But Gary often, was a key guy when the chips were down and a play HAD to be made.

    Matt Suhey was a class act when Walter was dying. He got him up at his home, and drove him to doctor visits and hospital things. He took care of Walter until he died. Matt is a great man IMHO.
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    85 Bear? Probably Danimal
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    thanks for the responses, guys. Hopefully some other guys chime in as well.
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    Thanks for starting the thread. You start some excellent ones!!!
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    "The Fridge" no one in the NFL can play football if they way over 300lbs says "daCoach." Oops, I think in high school today you have to be 300lbs to play football on the line.

    After the Fridge if you didn't have a nickname you are a nobody of a player. He changed football on so many aspects like Manning has for QB's.
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    Payton. Because we lost him the soonest.
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    The player that stood out the most to me was Wilber Marshall. The numerous big hits:
    - A couple of big hits on Eric Hipple in week 10 (Against Detroit)
    - Rams receiver in the NFC Championship game
    - And of course the hit heard around the world on Joe Ferguson in week 16

    The memorable fumble return for a touchdown in the NFC Championship game. Snow falling, it was a beautiful sight.

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    As fun as that season was..... from watching replays of the games ect. and reading all I could, what stands out is the Fridge scoring a TD in the super bowl
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    Marshall is an EXCELLENT choice. He was my 3rd, behind McMahon and Otis.
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    Samurai Mike Singletary gets my vote -- not just for his intense play but also as leader of the defense.

    From the Wiki page...

    He led the Bears to a 15-1 season in 1985. That season, he recorded 109 solo tackles (52 assists), 3 sacks, 1 interception, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, and 10 defended passes.

    He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    and led a defense that was ranked 1st overall (1st against the rush; 3rd against the pass).
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