Attention Superfans: Nominations accepted for Bears Mt. Rushmore

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Bob Swerski is gonna have another heart attack.

This time, the stress on his ticker will be induced not by swallowing whole a 14-ounce Delmonico but by trying to whittle the all-time great Bears to a list of only four of the best of the best.

Help Bob out by making some nominations.

It’s safe to say George Halas gets the George Washington spot.  As to the other three, who the hell knows?

140 responses to “Attention Superfans: Nominations accepted for Bears Mt. Rushmore

  1. Ditka
    Walter Payton
    Dick Butkus
    Mike Singletary

    I want to put Urlacher up there, but there were just so many good players

  2. George Halas
    Da Coach – Ditka
    Walter Payton
    Dick Butkus

    May have to swap Gayle Sayers in for Ditka, and Singletary is hard to leave out, but there’s no way he would replace Butkus. Reaching way back, you have to make an argument for Red Grange as well!

    Urlacher? Seriously? Ahead of Butkus & Singletary?!?

  3. Not a Bears fan, but this is a no-brainer:
    Halas
    Payton
    Sayers
    Butkus

    Urlacher? Nah! Not after watching a “defensive MVP” linebacker get stood up by Kevan Barlow.

  4. Payton
    Halas
    Ditka
    Butkus

    Even though the team has a ton of worthy players, I don’t see how anybody could knock these 4 off. Ditka won a Super Bowl as the coach, and is an HOF player. Butkus was the best player at the team’s most storied position, and Walter and Halas speak for themselves.

  5. Tough to pick four but George Halas and Walter Payton are both obvious choices, Mike Ditka as both a player and a coach, and Dick Butkus as the prototypical Chicago LB (though Mike Singletary and brian Urlacher both could be here too).

    Chicago has had so many legendary players they could use two or three Rushmores… one just for running backs (Bronko Nagurski, Red Grange, Gale Sayers plus Payton) and another for defensive lineman (Doug Atkins, Bill Hewitt, Dan Hampton, Richard Dent).

  6. I’m a Lions fan, but the Bears have had a lot of players that I enjoyed watching highlights of or live on tv.

    Walter Payton
    Dick Butkus
    Gale Sayers
    Syd Luckman

    Honorable Mention:
    Mike Singletary
    Brian Urlacher
    William Perry
    Richard Dent
    Jay Cutler
    Mike Ditka
    Charles Tillman
    Lance Briggs

  7. George Halas
    Dick Butkus
    Walter Payton
    Mike Ditka

    But since Chicago has such a history of great RB’s and MLB’s we also need special Mt. Rushmores just for them.

    For RB’s Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Bronko Nagurski, Red Grange

    For LB’s Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Bill George, Brian Urlacher

  8. This is one of the easiest teams to nominate for with so many great players. It’s going to be hard to pick four.

    Halas, Ditka, Butkus, Fridge Perry, Singletary, Sayers, Walter Payton, and Urlacher.

  9. Halas – Player, Coach, and NFL Founding Father
    Payton – Nuff Said
    Butkus – The best ever to play the position
    Ditka – Player, coach, HOF, SB winner

  10. So Payton is a lock.

    I like all the Ditka mentions but I’m surprised no one mentions Buddy Ryan. Granted he brought us that blight on the NFL, his sons… However, I’m not sure Ditka has such a great time coaching the Bears without him. I’m not sure we remember those 80’s teams without him.

  11. Lots of greats from the oldest NFL franchise, but these 4 stand out among the stand-outs:

    George Halas
    Bronko Nagurski
    Dick Butkus
    Walter Payton

    HM to Red Grange, Sid Luckman, Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Doug Plank, Richard Dent, and Mike Singletary

  12. Bronco nagurski has to find his way onto Rushmore. He not only was the Jim brown of his era on the field, he helped make the league what it is today. The money wasn’t always there and great college players were known to take a career in their field of study rather than the field of football. He made the decision to get drafted and play and was in the national spotlight. Basically he lead the way for other great college players to join the nfl at a time when that was the exception.

  13. The Bears are most known for their MLBs, so I think atleast two spots should be reserved for them to show this. With that said:
    Hallas (the papa bear), Ditka (the SB winning head coach and identity in the 80’s), Butkus and Singletary (because these guys are Bears through and through). Obviously Sweetness and the Comet deserve a ton of respect, but the Bears don’t make me think of RBs (no matter how great), they’re about Defence.

  14. My top four were easy, and evidently a lot of us think alike:

    Dick Butkus
    Mike Ditka
    George Halas
    Walter Payton

    Honorable mentions:

    Sid Luckman – Average passer, but he won a ridiculous number of the games he started over his 12-year career. Add a fifth carving, and he’s the guy.

    Jim McMahon – Like Luckman, average #s, but he won consistently and led the Bears to victory in SB XX. Career hindered by injuries.

    Gale Sayers – Great runner, career shortened by injuries.

    Mike Singletary – Hard to leave him off, but Butkus was better.

    Richard Dent
    Dan Hampton
    Olin Kreutz

    I chose not to include any players who are currently active (as honorables), but guys who will (or might) someday merit consideration include:

    Brian Urlacher
    Charles Tillman
    Devin Hester
    Matt Forte

    And finally:

    Jay Cutler – The only way he ever qualifies is if the Bears re-sign him beyond this year, and he pulls a Joe Flacco on us…As it is, given time he will surely surpass Luckman in the Bears record book, but without a championship (or at least sustained playoff success) many will not justify including him on this list.

  15. Abe Gibron
    Bobby Douglass
    Gary Huff
    George Farmer

    Or, if you want serious:
    Halas
    Ditka
    Payton
    Butkus

  16. Gotta have separate Rushmores for Da’ Bears… maybe era based.

    Pre-Super Bowl Era

    Halas, Grange, Nagurski, Sayers

    80’s

    Ditka, Payton, Singletary, Danimal (if you base it on play) Fridge (if you base it on notoriety)

    2000’s
    Urlacher, Mike Brown, Olin Kreutz, Briggs

  17. Halas
    Payton
    Singletary
    Ditka

    This was a tough one. So many great players. Sayers is out because he played so few years. Urlacher and Butkus are out in favor of Singletary mostly because they didn’t win a Super Bowl while Singletary did. So many others could fill these spots though too; Grange, Nagurski, Hampton, Bill George, Dent, Covert, Buddy Ryan, Caseras, the list goes on and on.

    On another note, it’s pretty amazing how many more defensive greats come to mind as opposed to offense with the Bears. My Mt. Rushmore of terrible QBs would go Grossman, Quinn, McNown and Henry Burris

  18. Papa Bear would be on the league’s Mt. Rushmore. And though I’m not a Bears’ fan, I still have to tip my hat to Butkus, Sayers, and Payton as the other three with honorable mention to Singletary.

  19. I’m a big George Halas fan so I nominate him for all four spots.

    Of course, seeing as Halas is the originator of football espionage, engaging in practice such as bugging locker rooms that makes Spygate look pretty minor in comparison, I’m sure the haters will protest.

    Then again, there seems to be a double standard on such things. When Halas and Lamar Hunt cheat, that makes them icons. When Belichick does something far less serious he’s more or less considered a criminal.

  20. Halas
    Payton
    Butkus
    Fridge….okay not the Fridge he’s too big for a Mt Rushmore anyway

    Seriously spot 4 has gotta be Red Grange. Guy basically is the reason people started paying to watch football.

    -QG

  21. Sweetness deserves his own Mt. Rushmore. They just don’t make ’em like that anymore.

  22. Wow, what a rich history! It’s impossible to pick only 4, but here goes.

    Sid Luckman
    Dick Butkus
    Walter Payton
    George Halas

    Tough to leave off:
    Bronco Nagurski
    Mike Ditka
    Gale Sayers

  23. Halas gets in because he and the Maras created the NFL.

    Butkus gets in because he is the standard by which you measure middle linebackers.

    Payton gets in because he’s the best all-around runningback ever. Running, catching, blocking, goal line,he did it all.

    That last spot is tough. So much competition for it. Part of me says Ditka because he was the first modern, pass catching Tight End. But Gale Sayers is usually 1 or 2 with Barry Sanders for most dynamic player ever. So I’d go with Sayers.

    Halas, Butkus, Payton, Sayers.

  24. I’m a Vikings Fan, but the Bears have a long history of great players. I’d go with these:

    Sid Luckman (still the greatest passer in Bears History)
    Red Grange (The first of the great NFL Running Backs)
    Dick Butkus (With a name like that, how could you not be the greatest MLB in NFL history)
    Walter Payton (Greatest RB in history when he retired. Still one of the greatest men to ever play the game)

  25. It’s hard to narrow it down to 4 players for the charter NFL franchise. You know, the franchise with the most HOF’ers, the highest number of victories, and somehow STILL has a winning record all time vs. GB…so I’ll just choose players that have trophies or awards named after them.
    -Halas
    -Butkus
    -Grange
    -Payton

  26. Just for fun, here are my picks for the Bear Hall of Infamy:

    Cade McNown
    Alonzo Spellman
    Tank Johnson
    Sam Hurd

  27. My Picks:

    George Halas
    Sid Luckman
    Dick Butkus
    Walter Payton

    Swerski’s Picks:
    Ditka
    Ditka a second time
    A swarm of mini-Ditkas
    A hurricane named Ditka

  28. A Packer fan who can admire talent when he sees it goes with:

    Halas
    Butkus
    Payton
    Grange

    Nigurski, Sayers, and my personal favorite Singletary just miss the cut.

    Also, leaving off Urlacher and Briggs seems hard but this is a team with such a great history.

  29. As a Packer Fan _ Wow this is hard.

    Obviously -Halas

    Luckman

    Grange

    No NFL without those three. Then How can you choose just one. Good luck!

  30. George Halas
    Gayle Sayers
    Dick Butkus
    Walter Payton

    Honorable mention–Mike Singletary, Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski, Mike Ditka

  31. Halas
    Payton
    Fridge
    Dent
    Urlacher
    Ditka
    Butkus
    Singletary
    McMichael
    Luckman
    Nagurski
    Sayers
    Another storied franchise with really too many great ones to pick from.

  32. A lot of great names here..

    All played with heart and conviction.

    Nobody had Brian Piccolo on that list. I’m not really

    sure if Hampton or Dent made the “majority”…

  33. Grew up a Lions fan, but here is my list, done with respect:

    George Halas
    Red Grange (whom Halas once called the greatest player HE ever saw – that is good enough for me)
    Dick Butkus
    Walter Payton

    I love me some Iron Mike, but he is not good enough to kick off one of these four. And Gale Sayers was one of the greatest I ever saw, but just did not do as much for as long as Sweetness.

    I would also like to put in a good word for Richie Petitbon, who does not rate with this company, but was a key member of the 1963 NFL Championship team, and for many years was the all time Bear interception leader.

    Anyone who includes people like Jay Cutler, William Perry, Richard Dent or Buddy Ryan should have to carry Abe Gibron the length of Soldier Field (not Wrigley, which is shorter)

  34. For those naming Red Grange, you might make note that “the Galloping Ghost” had a grand total of 569 rushing yards on 170 carries for a 3.3 ypc average… FOR HIS ENTIRE CAREER!

    Grange was a PHENOMENAL college player at Illinois, but he was a very regular dude with the Bear.

  35. Dick Butkus
    Mike Ditka
    George Halas
    Walter Payton

    Hard to leave off Brian Urlacher though.

  36. Mike Singletary? You people are out of your mind. He was no better than the 5th best player on the ’85 defense! He wasn’t even the best LB! Wilbur Marshall was far better, and Otis Wilson was every bit as good.

  37. Halas, Payton, Butkus and Luckman.

    I’d agree to Hampton over Luckman in pinch.

    If Ditka (in coach form) or Mike Singletary are on your mountain, congratulations on buying into the overhype machine.

  38. Tough:
    1. George Halas – Can’t really add to that.
    2. Walter Payton – Best all around RB in history.
    3. Dick Butkus – The standard to which great LB’s are measured.
    4. Dan Hampton – The best player on the best defense ever.

    HM:
    1. Gayle Sayers – Would of made it if career wasn’t shortened by injuries.

    2. Mike Ditka – HOF player and SB winning coach.

  39. Three are obvious locks:

    Payton
    Halas
    Butkus

    My 4th spot is between
    Sayers
    Ditka

    Because Ditka was a HOF player and great coach I will give the edge to Ditka. Iron Mike you are in!

    If I had to do another 4 it would be:
    Sayers
    Luckman
    Hampton
    Singletary

  40. Halas, Butkus, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Honorable Mention- Singletary, Urlacher, Sid Luckman

  41. George Halas (iconic coach)
    Mike Ditka (iconic coach)
    Walter Payton (possible best RB ever played forever)
    Dick Butkus (face of Bears)

    Bears might actually have more legitimate candidates than any other team! And I hate the Bears!

  42. Even from a non-fan, this is tough.

    George Halas
    Walter Payton
    Dick Butkis
    Mike Singletary

    The first three are locks. I chose two from the ’85 team because they were probably the best team in NFL history.

    Really, Sayers or Ditka could replace Singletary. But probably not any of the top three.

  43. The Core Four:

    “Papa Bear” George Halas
    Dick Butkus
    Walter Payton
    Mike Ditka

    Honorable Mentions:

    Too Many! Sorry!

  44. Halas
    Payton
    Butkus
    Sayers (for those of you leaving him off, could have been best RB ever if not for injuries)

    Ditka just misses cut IMO.

  45. Who says that Mt Rushmore only gets (4) four heads? My Mt. Midway Monster

    Bronko Nagurski
    Walter Payton
    Papa Bear George Halas
    Dick Butkus
    Red Grange
    Sid Luckman
    Brian Urlacher
    Gayle Sayers
    Mike Ditka

    Honorable Mention:
    Brian Piccallio
    Bill Wade

  46. Here are the other three faces beside George S. Halas:

    1) Walter Payton…(duh…The Greatest Running Back of all time)
    2) Dick Butkus…(duh..Greatest Middle Linebacker of all time)

    3) Richard Dent

    Why Richard Dent? Well, he was a game changer. The MVP of DA Bears only Super Bowl win could and often did take the game into his own hands and will that defense into not only stopping, crushing and hurting (legally) any offense, they also scored when they needed it. And very often the “sack master” was at the point of attack in the play. Even though he is a HOF’er, winner of a Super Bowl AND its MVP…Richard Dent does not get enough credit for that team’s accomplishments. He was a KEY ingredient to its success….

  47. Halas,Payton,Butkus,Luckman.
    Honorable mentions:
    Nagurski
    Grange
    Atkins (probably the Bears all time sack leader)
    Sayers
    Ditka

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