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1959 Chicago Bears

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8-4-0, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.4, Offense: -0.8, Defense: 6.2, SoS: 0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 252 points (21.0/g), 7th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 196 points (16.3/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 56 points (4.7/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 7.7-4.3.

Coach: George Halas (8-4-0)

Stadium: Wrigley Field
 Training Camp: St. Joseph's College (Rensselaer, Indiana)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Ed Brown 31 5 8 125 for 247, 1,881 yards, 13 td, 10 int, & 33 rushes for 108 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1952
FB Rick Casares* 28 4 0 177 rushes for 699 yards, 10 td, & 27 catches for 273 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 18th pick / 1954
LH Johnny Morris 24 1 0 87 rushes for 312 yards, 0 td, & 13 catches for 197 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958
RH Jim Dooley 29 7 0 0 rushes for 0 yards, 0 td, & 41 catches for 580 yards and 3 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1952
LE Harlon Hill 27 5 0 36 catches for 578 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for 0 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 15th / 174th pick / 1954
LT Herman Lee 28 2 0 Chicago Bears / 23rd / 270th pick / 1954
LG Abe Gibron 34 10 0 New York Giants / 6th / 55th pick / 1949
C John Mellekas 26 3 0 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 47th pick / 1956
RG Stan Jones*+ 28 5 0 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 54th pick / 1953
RT Dick Klein 25 1 0 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 29th / 347th pick / 1955
RE Willard Dewveall 23 Rook 0 20 catches for 420 yards, 3 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 18th pick / 1958
 Defensive Starters
LDE Earl Leggett 26 2 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 13th pick / 1957
LDT Fred Williams* 30 7 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 56th pick / 1952
RDT Bill Bishop 28 7 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 8th / 90th pick / 1952
RDE Doug Atkins* 29 6 0 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1953
LLB Joe Fortunato 29 4 0 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 80th pick / 1952
MLB Bill George*+ 30 7 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1951
RLB Larry Morris 26 4 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1955
LDH Richie Petitbon 21 Rook 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1959
RDH Erich Barnes* 24 1 0 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 42nd pick / 1958
LS J.C. Caroline 26 3 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 82nd pick / 1956
RS Charlie Sumner 29 4 0 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 22nd / 258th pick / 1954
 Special Teams Starters
K John Aveni 24 Rook 0 10 of 19 field goals & 28 of 32 extra points Chicago Bears / 27th / 321st pick / 1959
P Ed Brown 31 5 8 64 punts for a 41.2 average, 0 blocked Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1952
PR Johnny Morris 24 1 0 14 punt returns for a 12.2 average and 1 td Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958
KR Johnny Morris 24 1 0 17 kick returns for a 25.8 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
39 John Adams 22 12 0 235 6-3 UCLA,Los Angeles St. 11/28/1937 Rook Chicago Bears / 5th / 57th pick / 1959
81 Doug Atkins* 29 RDE 12 0 257 6-8 Tennessee 5/8/1930 6 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1953
89 John Aveni 24 K 12 0 212 6-3 Indiana 3/17/1935 Rook Chicago Bears / 27th / 321st pick / 1959
24 Erich Barnes* 24 RDH 12 0 201 6-2 Purdue 7/4/1935 1 Chicago Bears / 4th / 42nd pick / 1958
73 Bill Bishop 28 RDT 12 0 248 6-4 North Texas 5/8/1931 7 Chicago Bears / 8th / 90th pick / 1952
45 Don Bishop 25 1 0 209 6-2 Los Angeles CC 7/1/1934 1
12 Zeke Bratkowski 28 qb 12 4 210 6-2 Georgia 10/20/1931 5 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 17th pick / 1953
15 Ed Brown 31 P 12 8 200 6-2 San Francisco 10/26/1928 5 Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1952
14 Rudy Bukich 27 5 0 195 6-1 Iowa,USC 3/15/1932 6 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 24th pick / 1953
25 J.C. Caroline 26 LS 12 0 185 6-0 Illinois 1/17/1933 3 Chicago Bears / 7th / 82nd pick / 1956
35 Rick Casares* 28 FB 12 0 226 6-2 Florida 7/4/1931 4 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 18th pick / 1954
50 John Damore 26 8 0 228 6-0 Northwestern 10/20/1933 2 New York Giants / 13th / 152nd pick / 1955
88 Willard Dewveall 23 RE 11 0 224 6-4 SMU 4/29/1936 Rook Chicago Bears / 2nd / 18th pick / 1958
43 Jim Dooley 29 RH 12 0 198 6-4 Miami (FL) 2/8/1930 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1952
36 Merrill Douglas 23 12 0 204 6-0 Utah 3/15/1936 1 Chicago Bears / 6th / 65th pick / 1958
31 Joe Fortunato 29 LLB 12 0 225 6-1 VMI,Mississippi St. 3/28/1930 4 Chicago Bears / 7th / 80th pick / 1952
28 Willie Galimore 24 12 0 187 6-1 Florida A&M 3/30/1935 2 Chicago Bears / 5th / 58th pick / 1956
61 Bill George*+ 30 MLB 12 0 237 6-2 Wake Forest 10/27/1929 7 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1951
67 Abe Gibron 34 LG 12 0 243 5-11 Valparaiso,Purdue 9/22/1925 10 New York Giants / 6th / 55th pick / 1949
60 Don Healy 23 12 0 259 6-3 Maryland 8/28/1936 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 37th pick / 1958
87 Harlon Hill 27 LE 11 0 199 6-3 North Alabama 5/4/1932 5 Chicago Bears / 15th / 174th pick / 1954
54 Chuck Howley 23 3 0 228 6-3 West Virginia 6/28/1936 1 Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1958
49 Jack Johnson 26 6 0 198 6-3 Miami (FL) 12/11/1933 2 Chicago Bears / 4th / 49th pick / 1957
20 Pete Johnson 22 7 0 200 6-2 VMI 8/9/1937 Rook Chicago Bears / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1959
78 Stan Jones*+ 28 RG 12 0 252 6-1 Maryland 11/24/1931 5 Chicago Bears / 5th / 54th pick / 1953
79 Dick Klein 25 RT 12 0 254 6-4 Georgia,Iowa 2/11/1934 1 Chicago Bears / 29th / 347th pick / 1955
70 Herman Lee 28 LT 12 0 244 6-4 Florida A&M 8/29/1931 2 Chicago Bears / 23rd / 270th pick / 1954
71 Earl Leggett 26 LDE 12 0 265 6-3 LSU 3/5/1933 2 Chicago Bears / 1st / 13th pick / 1957
83 Bill McColl 29 12 0 230 6-4 Stanford 4/2/1930 7 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1952
76 John Mellekas 26 C 12 0 255 6-3 Arizona 6/14/1933 3 Chicago Bears / 4th / 47th pick / 1956
47 Johnny Morris 24 KR 12 0 180 5-10 California-Santa Barbara 9/26/1935 1 Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958
33 Larry Morris 26 RLB 12 0 226 6-2 Georgia Tech 12/10/1933 4 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1955
72 Ed Nickla 26 12 0 240 6-3 Tennessee,Maryland 8/11/1933 Rook Chicago Bears / 14th / 167th pick / 1955
17 Richie Petitbon 21 LDH 12 0 206 6-3 Loyola (LA),Tulane 4/18/1938 Rook Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1959
69 Bill Roehnelt 23 12 0 227 6-1 Bradley 6/4/1936 1 Chicago Bears / 19th / 219th pick / 1958
55 Larry Strickland 28 3 0 248 6-4 North Texas 9/3/1931 5 Chicago Bears / 13th / 150th pick / 1953
26 Charlie Sumner 29 RS 12 0 194 6-1 William & Mary 10/19/1930 4 Chicago Bears / 22nd / 258th pick / 1954
32 Lionel Taylor 24 8 0 215 6-2 New Mex. Highlands 8/15/1935 Rook
75 Fred Williams* 30 LDT 11 0 249 6-4 Arkansas 2/8/1929 7 Chicago Bears / 5th / 56th pick / 1952
48 Vic Zucco 24 2 0 187 6-0 Wayne State (MI),Michigan St. 9/4/1935 2 Chicago Bears / 5th / 60th pick / 1957
Team Total 26.2 12 222.0 6-2.3 3.1