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Chicago with a strong presence on ESPN's 150 greatest players in college football history list

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Chicago with a strong presence on ESPN's 150 greatest players in college football history list

The Bears have an illustrious history filled with some of the greatest names in the sport of football and with that being said, it is no shocker that Bears had one of the strongest presences of any NFL team on ESPN's 150 greatest players in college football history list. The list, which was revealed on Monday night, had a total of eight former Bears—and one former White Sox slugger to boot.

In order: Mike Singletary (No. 108), Julius Peppers (No. 104), Sid Luckman (No. 103), Mike Ditka (No. 78), Walter Payton (No. 16), Gale Sayers (No. 10), Dick Butkus (No. 8), and Red Grange (No. 6) were the Bears legends to make the illustrious list, while former White Sox slugger Bo Jackson ('91, '93) made an appearance on the list as well. 

Peppers is the most recent Chicago Bear to make the list. Peppers, who played with the Bears from 2010 to 2013, was a consensus All-American, Chuck Bednarik Award, and Vince Lombardi Award winner with North Carolina in 2001. 

Bears Hall of Fame Sayers, Payton, and Grange made the list with some of the greatest individual running back seasons in NCAA history. Payton scored a whopping 66 touchdowns over his career at Jackson State. He was such a dominant player during his time that he finished in the top-14 in Heisman voting in 1974 though he played for Division II Jackson State (an HBCU). Sayers was the first player in FBS history with a 99-yard rush and used his uncanny speed to average 6.5 yards per carry for his career at the University of Kansas.

And Grange, known as "the Galloping Ghost", was a three-time consensus All-American with some of the most dominant single-game performances in the history of the sport. Grange was a member of college football's inaugural Hall of Fame class. And while Grange did finish higher on the list, we would be remiss not to mention Dick Butkus. One of the most iconic Chicago Bears of all-time, Butkus was known for his tenacious tackles. He left such an impact on the sport that the award for the best linebacker in college football is named after him. 

While the White Sox and Bears combined to have a strong presence on the list, the University of Illinois football program—led by former Bears coach Lovie Smith—doesn't want anyone to forget that they are indeed the only program with two players in the top 11. 

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The Bears will be making some QB decisions this offseason. Here's what to look for.

The Bears will be making some QB decisions this offseason. Here's what to look for.

At this week's Super Bowl Radio Row, The Ringer's Robert Mays, one of the most high-profile Bears fans in sports media, went on the Under Center Podcast to talk all things Chicago football. 

With all eyes on the Bears' quarterback situation this offseason, Mays provided some insight into what Bears' fans should expect from the upcoming weeks and months: 

"I don't think you have to make a determination now, but I think you go into free agency wanting to get another option. I think you should try to find someone and try to go in with the motivation to find someone. How much they're willing to pay? I think that's the bar you have to set right now. I think that number will ultimately determine their thinking. It will display their thinking. If they go in and offer Phillip Rivers $20 million, you know they don't think Mitchell Trubisky is the guy. If they go offer Marcus Mariota $5 million, then it's much more of a nebulous spot." 

Mays also hits on the Andy Reid/Kyle Shanahan matchup, and how that pertains to Matt Nagy and his abilities as a playcaller. You can check the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below: 

Tarik Cohen appears on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out

Tarik Cohen appears on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out

After not being selected for the Pro Bowl this off-season, Bears running back Tarik Cohen has some free time on his hands this winter. Last night he appeared on Nick Cannon’s MTV improv comedy series Wild ‘n Out. While Cohen underperformed on Soldier Field in 2019, he certainly brought his A-game to Wild ‘n Out, cracking jokes and dropping bars with the rest of the crew as “Big Reek.”

Someone put the quote “I’m a running back, it’s my job to go hard” in the Bears’ locker room so Cohen remembers next season.

Cohen also took to Twitter to shout out his friends from high school for preparing him for the show, as well as fellow RB Benny Cunningham.

You can watch the full episode on MTV’s website with a cable subscription. 

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