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1961 Chicago Bears

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8-6-0, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.3, Offense: 2.8, Defense: 1.5, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 326 points (23.3/g), 5th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 302 points (21.6/g), 9th.
 Differential of 24 points (1.7/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-6.4.

Coach: George Halas (8-6-0)

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Billy Wade 31 7 9 139 for 250, 2,258 yards, 22 td, 13 int, & 45 rushes for 255 yards and 2 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 1st pick / 1952
HB Willie Galimore 26 4 0 153 rushes for 707 yards, 4 td, & 33 catches for 502 yards and 3 td Chicago Bears / 5th / 58th pick / 1956
FB Rick Casares 30 6 0 135 rushes for 588 yards, 8 td, & 8 catches for 69 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 18th pick / 1954
FL Johnny Morris 26 3 0 36 catches for 548 yards, 4 td, & 8 rushes for 49 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958
SE Bo Farrington 25 1 0 21 catches for 349 yards, 4 td Chicago Bears / 16th / 187th pick / 1960
TE Mike Ditka* 22 Rook 0 56 catches for 1,076 yards, 12 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
LT Herman Lee 30 4 0 Chicago Bears / 23rd / 270th pick / 1954
LG Stan Jones* 30 7 0 Chicago Bears / 5th / 54th pick / 1953
C Mike Pyle 22 Rook 14 Chicago Bears / 7th / 89th pick / 1961
RG Roger Davis 23 1 0 Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1960
RT Art Anderson 25 Rook 0
 Defensive Starters
LDE Maury Youmans 25 1 0 Chicago Bears / 9th / 105th pick / 1959
LDT Bob Kilcullen 25 4 0 Chicago Bears / 8th / 96th pick / 1957
RDT Fred Williams 32 9 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 56th pick / 1952
RDE Doug Atkins* 31 8 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1953
LLB Joe Fortunato 31 6 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 80th pick / 1952
MLB Bill George*+ 32 9 0 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1951
RLB Larry Morris 28 6 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1955
LCB J.C. Caroline 28 5 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 82nd pick / 1956
RCB Dave Whitsell 25 3 0 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 24th / 289th pick / 1958
LS Richie Petitbon 23 2 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1959
RS Rosey Taylor 24 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Roger LeClerc 25 1 0 10 of 24 field goals & 40 of 41 extra points Chicago Bears / 15th / 177th pick / 1959
P Ed Brown 33 7 5 58 punts for a 42.2 average, 0 blocked Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1952
PR Johnny Morris 26 3 0 23 punt returns for a 6.7 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958
KR Charlie Bivins 23 1 0 25 kick returns for a 26.7 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 7th / 79th pick / 1960

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
39 John Adams 24 13 0 235 6-3 UCLA,Los Angeles St. 11/28/1937 2 1 Chicago Bears / 5th / 57th pick / 1959
79 Art Anderson 25 RT 14 0 244 6-3 Idaho 10/9/1936 Rook 7
81 Doug Atkins* 31 RDE 14 0 257 6-8 Tennessee 5/8/1930 8 10 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1953
49 Charlie Bivins 23 KR 14 0 212 6-1 Morris Brown 10/16/1938 1 2 Chicago Bears / 7th / 79th pick / 1960
38 Bill Brown 23 14 0 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 Rook 1 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
15 Ed Brown 33 P 14 5 200 6-2 San Francisco 10/26/1928 7 6 Chicago Bears / 6th / 68th pick / 1952
25 J.C. Caroline 28 LCB 14 0 185 6-0 Illinois 1/17/1933 5 6 Chicago Bears / 7th / 82nd pick / 1956
35 Rick Casares 30 FB 13 0 226 6-2 Florida 7/4/1931 6 6 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 18th pick / 1954
46 Angelo Coia 23 11 0 195 6-3 Citadel,USC 4/21/1938 1 3 Chicago Bears / 20th / 237th pick / 1960
60 Roger Davis 23 RG 14 0 240 6-3 Syracuse 6/23/1938 1 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1960
89 Mike Ditka* 22 TE 14 0 228 6-3 Pittsburgh 10/18/1939 Rook 13 Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
43 Jim Dooley 31 6 0 198 6-4 Miami (FL) 2/8/1930 9 1 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1952
65 Stan Fanning 24 14 0 270 6-7 Idaho 11/22/1937 1 4 Chicago Bears / 11th / 128th pick / 1960
84 Bo Farrington 25 SE 11 0 217 6-3 Prairie View 1/18/1936 1 4 Chicago Bears / 16th / 187th pick / 1960
31 Joe Fortunato 31 LLB 14 0 225 6-1 VMI,Mississippi St. 3/28/1930 6 9 Chicago Bears / 7th / 80th pick / 1952
28 Willie Galimore 26 HB 14 0 187 6-1 Florida A&M 3/30/1935 4 12 Chicago Bears / 5th / 58th pick / 1956
61 Bill George*+ 32 MLB 14 0 237 6-2 Wake Forest 10/27/1929 9 14 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1951
87 Harlon Hill 29 14 0 199 6-3 North Alabama 5/4/1932 7 1 Chicago Bears / 15th / 174th pick / 1954
20 Bobby Jackson 25 9 0 190 6-1 Alabama 1/10/1936 1 3 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 73rd pick / 1959
78 Stan Jones* 30 LG 14 0 252 6-1 Maryland 11/24/1931 7 9 Chicago Bears / 5th / 54th pick / 1953
67 Ted Karras 27 14 0 245 6-1 Indiana 1/31/1934 3 4
74 Bob Kilcullen 25 LDT 14 0 245 6-3 Texas Tech 5/13/1936 4 7 Chicago Bears / 8th / 96th pick / 1957
53 Ken Kirk 23 10 0 230 6-2 Mississippi 2/26/1938 1 4 Chicago Bears / 9th / 104th pick / 1960
54 Roger LeClerc 25 K 14 0 235 6-3 Trinity (CT) 10/1/1936 1 2 Chicago Bears / 15th / 177th pick / 1959
70 Herman Lee 30 LT 14 0 244 6-4 Florida A&M 8/29/1931 4 7 Chicago Bears / 23rd / 270th pick / 1954
86 Pete Manning 24 3 0 208 6-3 Wake Forest 8/11/1937 1 2 Chicago Bears / 8th / 93rd pick / 1960
76 John Mellekas 28 14 0 255 6-3 Arizona 6/14/1933 5 4 Chicago Bears / 4th / 47th pick / 1956
47 Johnny Morris 26 FL 14 0 180 5-10 California-Santa Barbara 9/26/1935 3 7 Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958
33 Larry Morris 28 RLB 14 0 226 6-2 Georgia Tech 12/10/1933 6 8 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1955
40 Don Mullins 22 4 0 195 6-1 Houston 3/31/1939 Rook 2
12 Dick Norman 23 3 0 209 6-3 Stanford 9/14/1938 Rook 0 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 36th pick / 1961
Chicago Bears / 5th / 57th pick / 1960
17 Richie Petitbon 23 LS 14 0 206 6-3 Loyola (LA),Tulane 4/18/1938 2 7 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1959
50 Mike Pyle 22 C 14 14 250 6-3 Yale 7/18/1939 Rook 7 Chicago Bears / 7th / 89th pick / 1961
36 J.D. Smith 25 3 0 210 6-1 Compton CC (CA) 10/18/1936 1 0
24 Rosey Taylor 24 RS 14 0 186 5-11 Grambling St. 7/4/1937 Rook 6
9 Billy Wade 31 QB 13 9 202 6-2 Vanderbilt 10/4/1930 7 13 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 1st pick / 1952
63 Bob Wetoska 24 14 0 240 6-3 Notre Dame 8/22/1937 1 4 Washington Redskins / 5th / 49th pick / 1959
23 Dave Whitsell 25 RCB 14 0 189 6-0 Indiana 6/14/1936 3 7 Detroit Lions / 24th / 289th pick / 1958
75 Fred Williams 32 RDT 14 0 249 6-4 Arkansas 2/8/1929 9 8 Chicago Bears / 5th / 56th pick / 1952
82 Maury Youmans 25 LDE 14 0 251 6-4 Syracuse 10/18/1936 1 7 Chicago Bears / 9th / 105th pick / 1959
Team Total 26.2 14 222.0 6-2.3 3.2