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1966 Chicago Bears

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5-7-2, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1966 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.3, Offense: -2.6, Defense: 2.3, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 234 points (16.7/g), 13th of 15 in the NFL. Allowed 272 points (19.4/g), 7th.
 Differential of -38 points (-2.7/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-8.2.

Coach: George Halas (5-7-2)

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 34 13 14 147 for 309, 1,858 yards, 10 td, 21 int, & 18 rushes for 14 yards and 2 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 24th pick / 1953
HB Gale Sayers*+ 23 1 0 229 rushes for 1,231 yards, 8 td, & 34 catches for 447 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
FB Ronnie Bull 26 4 0 100 rushes for 318 yards, 0 td, & 20 catches for 174 yards and 0 td Dallas Texans / 1st / 3rd pick / 1962
Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1962
FL Dick Gordon 22 1 0 15 catches for 210 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for 2 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 7th / 88th pick / 1965
SE Jim Jones 25 1 0 28 catches for 504 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for -7 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 6th / 84th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 25th / 193rd pick / 1964
TE Mike Ditka 27 5 14 32 catches for 378 yards, 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
LT Herman Lee 35 9 0 Chicago Bears / 23rd / 270th pick / 1954
LG Mike Rabold 29 7 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1959
C Mike Pyle 27 5 13 Chicago Bears / 7th / 89th pick / 1961
RG Jim Cadile 26 4 14 Chicago Bears / 4th / 49th pick / 1962
Oakland Raiders / 22nd / 169th pick / 1962
RT Bob Wetoska 29 6 14 Washington Redskins / 5th / 49th pick / 1959
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ed O'Bradovich 26 4 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 91st pick / 1962
LDT John Johnson 25 3 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 80th pick / 1963
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1963
RDT Dick Evey 25 2 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 12th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 1st / 14th pick / 1964
RDE Doug Atkins 36 13 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1953
LLB Joe Fortunato 36 11 0 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 7th / 80th pick / 1952
MLB Dick Butkus* 24 1 0 1 interception, 4 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 2nd / 9th pick / 1965
RLB Jim Purnell 25 2 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
LCB Bennie McRae 27 4 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1962
Boston Patriots / 8th / 62nd pick / 1962
RCB Dave Whitsell 30 8 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 24th / 289th pick / 1958
LS Richie Petitbon* 28 7 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1959
RS Rosey Taylor 29 5 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Roger LeClerc 30 6 0 18 of 30 field goals & 24 of 25 extra points Chicago Bears / 15th / 177th pick / 1959
P Bobby Joe Green 30 6 0 80 punts for a 42.0 average, 0 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1959
PR Jon Arnett 31 9 0 15 punt returns for a 3.9 average and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1957
KR Gale Sayers*+ 23 1 0 23 kick returns for a 31.2 average and 2 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)
85 Duane Allen 29 11 0 225 6-4 Mount San Antonio JC 10/21/1937 5 0 Denver Broncos / 33rd / 258th pick / 1962
Los Angeles Rams / 9th / 116th pick / 1961
21 Jon Arnett 31 PR 14 0 197 5-11 USC 4/20/1935 9 2 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1957
81 Doug Atkins 36 RDE 12 0 257 6-8 Tennessee 5/8/1930 13 7 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1953
49 Charlie Bivins 28 14 0 212 6-1 Morris Brown 10/16/1938 6 0 Chicago Bears / 7th / 79th pick / 1960
22 Charlie Brown 24 14 0 220 6-2 Syracuse 9/13/1942 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 28th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1966
55 Doug Buffone 22 14 0 230 6-3 Louisville 6/27/1944 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 4th / 60th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 72nd pick / 1966
10 Rudy Bukich 34 QB 14 14 195 6-1 Iowa,USC 3/15/1932 13 5 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 24th pick / 1953
29 Ronnie Bull 26 FB 14 0 200 6-0 Baylor 2/2/1940 4 4 Dallas Texans / 1st / 3rd pick / 1962
Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1962
51 Dick Butkus* 24 MLB 14 0 245 6-3 Illinois 12/9/1942 1 12 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 2nd / 9th pick / 1965
72 Jim Cadile 26 RG 14 14 240 6-4 San Jose St. 7/16/1940 4 5 Chicago Bears / 4th / 49th pick / 1962
Oakland Raiders / 22nd / 169th pick / 1962
73 Frank Cornish 22 14 0 282 6-4 Grambling St. 6/20/1944 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 11th / 144th pick / 1965
89 Mike Ditka 27 TE 14 14 228 6-3 Pittsburgh 10/18/1939 5 4 Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
79 Dick Evey 25 RDT 14 0 245 6-4 Tennessee 2/12/1941 2 7 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 12th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 1st / 14th pick / 1964
31 Joe Fortunato 36 LLB 14 0 225 6-1 VMI,Mississippi St. 3/28/1930 11 9 Chicago Bears / 7th / 80th pick / 1952
46 Curt Gentry 25 13 0 185 6-0 Md-Eastern Shore 8/8/1941 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 17th / 257th pick / 1966
45 Dick Gordon 22 FL 14 0 190 5-11 Michigan St. 1/1/1944 1 2 Chicago Bears / 7th / 88th pick / 1965
88 Bobby Joe Green 30 P 14 0 175 5-11 Florida 5/7/1936 6 3 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1959
76 John Johnson 25 LDT 14 0 260 6-5 Indiana 7/5/1941 3 7 Chicago Bears / 6th / 80th pick / 1963
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1963
80 Jim Jones 25 SE 14 0 195 6-3 Wisconsin 3/3/1941 1 5 Chicago Bears / 6th / 84th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 25th / 193rd pick / 1964
74 Bob Kilcullen 30 14 0 245 6-3 Texas Tech 5/13/1936 9 4 Chicago Bears / 8th / 96th pick / 1957
32 Ralph Kurek 23 14 0 210 6-2 Wisconsin 2/23/1943 1 3 Chicago Bears / 20th / 269th pick / 1965
83 Roger LeClerc 30 K 14 0 235 6-3 Trinity (CT) 10/1/1936 6 5 Chicago Bears / 15th / 177th pick / 1959
70 Herman Lee 35 LT 13 0 244 6-4 Florida A&M 8/29/1931 9 5 Chicago Bears / 23rd / 270th pick / 1954
34 Joe Marconi 32 10 0 225 6-2 West Virginia 2/6/1934 10 0 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 6th pick / 1956
75 Riley Mattson 28 12 0 252 6-4 Oregon 12/18/1938 5 3 Washington Redskins / 11th / 143rd pick / 1961
26 Bennie McRae 27 LCB 14 0 180 6-0 Michigan 12/8/1939 4 9 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1962
Boston Patriots / 8th / 62nd pick / 1962
47 Johnny Morris 31 2 0 180 5-10 California-Santa Barbara 9/26/1935 8 1 Chicago Bears / 12th / 137th pick / 1958
87 Ed O'Bradovich 26 LDE 14 0 255 6-3 Illinois 5/21/1940 4 9 Chicago Bears / 7th / 91st pick / 1962
17 Richie Petitbon* 28 LS 14 0 206 6-3 Loyola (LA),Tulane 4/18/1938 7 11 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1959
41 Brian Piccolo 23 14 0 205 6-0 Wake Forest 10/31/1943 Rook 0
53 Jim Purnell 25 RLB 14 0 229 6-2 Wisconsin 12/12/1941 2 8
50 Mike Pyle 27 C 13 13 250 6-3 Yale 7/18/1939 5 5 Chicago Bears / 7th / 89th pick / 1961
64 Mike Rabold 29 LG 14 0 239 6-2 Indiana 3/12/1937 7 5 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1959
12 Larry Rakestraw 24 1 0 195 6-2 Georgia 4/22/1942 Rook 0 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 87th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 8th / 112th pick / 1964
62 Mike Reilly 24 14 0 225 6-3 Iowa 3/27/1942 2 4 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 37th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 4th / 47th pick / 1964
40 Gale Sayers*+ 23 HB 14 0 198 6-0 Kansas 5/30/1943 1 17 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
60 Brian Schweda 23 14 0 250 6-3 Kansas 4/30/1943 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 8th / 101st pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 16th / 121st pick / 1965
67 George Seals 24 14 0 260 6-3 Missouri 10/2/1942 2 3 New York Giants / 4th / 52nd pick / 1964
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 64th pick / 1964
24 Rosey Taylor 29 RS 14 0 186 5-11 Grambling St. 7/4/1937 5 8
9 Billy Wade 36 2 0 202 6-2 Vanderbilt 10/4/1930 12 0 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 1st pick / 1952
63 Bob Wetoska 29 RT 14 14 240 6-3 Notre Dame 8/22/1937 6 5 Washington Redskins / 5th / 49th pick / 1959
23 Dave Whitsell 30 RCB 14 0 189 6-0 Indiana 6/14/1936 8 8 Detroit Lions / 24th / 289th pick / 1958
Team Total 27.5 14 221.6 6-2.1 4.7