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9-5-0, NFL West Division  · 1965 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 14.6, Offense: 8.6, Defense: 5.9, SoS: 5.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 409 points (29.2/g), 2nd of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (19.6/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 134 points (9.6/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 10.1-3.9.

Coach: George Halas (9-5-0)

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 Rudy Bukich 33 12 12 176 for 312, 2,641 yards, 20 td, 9 int, & 28 rushes for 33 yards and 3 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 24th pick / 1953
HB Gale Sayers*+ 22 Rook 0 166 rushes for 867 yards, 14 td, & 29 catches for 507 yards and 6 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
FB Ronnie Bull 25 3 0 91 rushes for 417 yards, 3 td, & 16 catches for 186 yards and 1 td Dallas Texans / 1st / 3rd pick / 1962
Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1962
FL Johnny Morris 30 7 0 53 catches for 846 yards, 4 td Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958
SE Jim Jones 24 Rook 0 21 catches for 350 yards, 4 td, & 2 rushes for 13 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 6th / 84th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 25th / 193rd pick / 1964
TE Mike Ditka* 26 4 14 36 catches for 454 yards, 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
LT Herman Lee 34 8 0 Chicago Bears / 23rd / 270th pick / 1954
LG Mike Rabold 28 6 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1959
C Mike Pyle 26 4 13 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 89th pick / 1961
RG Jim Cadile 25 3 14 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 49th pick / 1962
Oakland Raiders / 22nd / 169th pick / 1962
RT Bob Wetoska 28 5 14 Washington Redskins / 5th / 49th pick / 1959
 Defensive Starters
LDE Dick Evey 24 1 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 12th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 1st / 14th pick / 1964
LDT John Johnson 24 2 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 80th pick / 1963
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1963
RDT Earl Leggett 32 8 0 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 13th pick / 1957
RDE Doug Atkins* 35 12 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1953
LLB Joe Fortunato*+ 35 10 0 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 80th pick / 1952
MLB Dick Butkus*+ 23 Rook 0 5 interceptions, 7 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 2nd / 9th pick / 1965
RLB Larry Morris 32 10 0 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1955
LCB Bennie McRae 26 3 0 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1962
Boston Patriots / 8th / 62nd pick / 1962
RCB Dave Whitsell 29 7 0 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 24th / 289th pick / 1958
LS Richie Petitbon 27 6 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1959
RS Rosey Taylor 28 4 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Roger LeClerc 29 5 0 11 of 26 field goals & 52 of 52 extra points Chicago Bears / 15th / 177th pick / 1959
P Bobby Joe Green 29 5 0 58 punts for a 42.7 average, 0 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1959
PR Gale Sayers*+ 22 Rook 0 16 punt returns for a 14.9 average and 1 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
KR Gale Sayers*+ 22 Rook 0 21 kick returns for a 31.4 average and 1 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 5th pick / 1965

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
21 Jon Arnett 30 14 0 197 5-11 USC 4/20/1935 8 5 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1957
81 Doug Atkins* 35 RDE 14 0 257 6-8 Tennessee 5/8/1930 12 9 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1953
49 Charlie Bivins 27 14 0 212 6-1 Morris Brown 10/16/1938 5 2 Chicago Bears / 7th / 79th pick / 1960
10 Rudy Bukich 33 QB 14 12 195 6-1 Iowa,USC 3/15/1932 12 14 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 24th pick / 1953
29 Ronnie Bull 25 FB 13 0 200 6-0 Baylor 2/2/1940 3 7 Dallas Texans / 1st / 3rd pick / 1962
Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1962
51 Dick Butkus*+ 23 MLB 14 0 245 6-3 Illinois 12/9/1942 Rook 13 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 2nd / 9th pick / 1965
72 Jim Cadile 25 RG 14 14 240 6-4 San Jose St. 7/16/1940 3 10 Chicago Bears / 4th / 49th pick / 1962
Oakland Raiders / 22nd / 169th pick / 1962
25 J.C. Caroline 32 2 0 185 6-0 Illinois 1/17/1933 9 2 Chicago Bears / 7th / 82nd pick / 1956
89 Mike Ditka* 26 TE 14 14 228 6-3 Pittsburgh 10/18/1939 4 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
79 Dick Evey 24 LDE 14 14 245 6-4 Tennessee 2/12/1941 1 6 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 12th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 1st / 14th pick / 1964
31 Joe Fortunato*+ 35 LLB 14 0 225 6-1 VMI,Mississippi St. 3/28/1930 10 11 Chicago Bears / 7th / 80th pick / 1952
61 Bill George 36 2 0 237 6-2 Wake Forest 10/27/1929 13 2 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1951
43 Larry Glueck 24 12 0 190 6-0 Villanova 10/5/1941 2 3 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 34th pick / 1963
Chicago Bears / 3rd / 38th pick / 1963
45 Dick Gordon 21 14 0 190 5-11 Michigan St. 1/1/1944 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 7th / 88th pick / 1965
88 Bobby Joe Green 29 P 14 0 175 5-11 Florida 5/7/1936 5 2 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1959
76 John Johnson 24 LDT 13 0 260 6-5 Indiana 7/5/1941 2 6 Chicago Bears / 6th / 80th pick / 1963
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1963
80 Jim Jones 24 SE 13 0 195 6-3 Wisconsin 3/3/1941 Rook 5 Chicago Bears / 6th / 84th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 25th / 193rd pick / 1964
78 Stan Jones 34 6 0 252 6-1 Maryland 11/24/1931 11 2 Chicago Bears / 5th / 54th pick / 1953
74 Bob Kilcullen 29 8 0 245 6-3 Texas Tech 5/13/1936 8 3 Chicago Bears / 8th / 96th pick / 1957
32 Ralph Kurek 22 14 0 210 6-2 Wisconsin 2/23/1943 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 20th / 269th pick / 1965
83 Roger LeClerc 29 K 14 0 235 6-3 Trinity (CT) 10/1/1936 5 1 Chicago Bears / 15th / 177th pick / 1959
70 Herman Lee 34 LT 14 0 244 6-4 Florida A&M 8/29/1931 8 10 Chicago Bears / 23rd / 270th pick / 1954
57 Dick Leeuwenburg 23 9 0 242 6-5 Stanford 3/26/1942 Rook 5 Houston Oilers / 17th / 134th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 11th / 154th pick / 1964
71 Earl Leggett 32 RDT 14 0 265 6-3 LSU 3/5/1933 8 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 13th pick / 1957
48 Andy Livingston 21 14 0 236 6-1 Phoenix College (JC) 10/21/1944 1 5
34 Joe Marconi 31 14 0 225 6-2 West Virginia 2/6/1934 9 1 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 6th pick / 1956
85 Bill Martin 23 14 0 238 6-4 Georgia Tech 10/27/1942 1 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 10th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1964
26 Bennie McRae 26 LCB 14 0 180 6-0 Michigan 12/8/1939 3 7 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1962
Boston Patriots / 8th / 62nd pick / 1962
47 Johnny Morris 30 FL 14 0 180 5-10 California-Santa Barbara 9/26/1935 7 12 Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958
33 Larry Morris 32 RLB 12 0 226 6-2 Georgia Tech 12/10/1933 10 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1955
73 Dennis Murphy 22 2 0 250 6-2 Florida 3/9/1943 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1965
Chicago Bears / 10th / 129th pick / 1965
87 Ed O'Bradovich 25 13 0 255 6-3 Illinois 5/21/1940 3 3 Chicago Bears / 7th / 91st pick / 1962
17 Richie Petitbon 27 LS 14 0 206 6-3 Loyola (LA),Tulane 4/18/1938 6 6 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1959
53 Jim Purnell 24 12 0 229 6-2 Wisconsin 12/12/1941 1 3
50 Mike Pyle 26 C 13 13 250 6-3 Yale 7/18/1939 4 9 Chicago Bears / 7th / 89th pick / 1961
64 Mike Rabold 28 LG 14 0 239 6-2 Indiana 3/12/1937 6 10 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1959
62 Mike Reilly 23 14 0 225 6-3 Iowa 3/27/1942 1 4 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 37th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 4th / 47th pick / 1964
40 Gale Sayers*+ 22 HB 14 0 198 6-0 Kansas 5/30/1943 Rook 18 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
67 George Seals 23 14 0 260 6-3 Missouri 10/2/1942 1 5 New York Giants / 4th / 52nd pick / 1964
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 64th pick / 1964
84 Ron Smith 22 14 0 195 6-1 Wisconsin 5/3/1943 Rook 3
24 Rosey Taylor 28 RS 14 0 186 5-11 Grambling St. 7/4/1937 4 9
9 Billy Wade 35 qb 5 2 202 6-2 Vanderbilt 10/4/1930 11 1 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 1st pick / 1952
63 Bob Wetoska 28 RT 14 14 240 6-3 Notre Dame 8/22/1937 5 10 Washington Redskins / 5th / 49th pick / 1959
23 Dave Whitsell 29 RCB 14 0 189 6-0 Indiana 6/14/1936 7 7 Detroit Lions / 24th / 289th pick / 1958
Team Total 27.3 14 222.2 6-2.0 4.8