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1976 Chicago Bears

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7-7-0, NFC Central Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.6, Offense: 0.3, Defense: 4.2, SoS: 1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 253 points (18.1/g), 17th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 216 points (15.4/g), 8th.
 Differential of 37 points (2.6/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 8.3-5.7.

Coach: Jack Pardee (7-7-0)

Stadium: Soldier Field
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bob Avellini 23 1 14 118 for 271, 1,580 yards, 8 td, 15 int, & 18 rushes for 58 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1975
RB Walter Payton*+ 23 1 14 311 rushes for 1,390 yards, 13 td, & 15 catches for 149 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
FB Roland Harper 23 1 14 147 rushes for 625 yards, 2 td, & 29 catches for 291 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 17th / 420th pick / 1975
WR Brian Baschnagel 22 Rook 12 13 catches for 226 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for -12 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976
WR James Scott 24 Rook 8 26 catches for 512 yards, 6 td, & 2 rushes for -4 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 8th / 193rd pick / 1975
TE Greg Latta 24 1 14 18 catches for 254 yards, 0 td, & 2 rushes for -8 yards and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 8th / 188th pick / 1974
LT Lionel Antoine 26 4 13 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1972
LG Noah Jackson 25 1 11 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
C Dan Neal 27 3 10 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
RG Revie Sorey 23 1 9 Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
RT Jeff Sevy 26 1 14 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 12th / 290th pick / 1974
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mike Hartenstine 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
LDT Jim Osborne 27 4 14 Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
RDT Wally Chambers*+ 25 3 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1973
RDE Roger Stillwell 25 1 10 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 9th / 212th pick / 1975
LLB Ross Brupbacher 28 6 12 7 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 100th pick / 1970
MLB Don Rives 25 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 15th / 370th pick / 1973
RLB Waymond Bryant 24 2 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1974
LCB Allan Ellis 25 3 14 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 107th pick / 1973
RCB Virgil Livers 24 1 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 83rd pick / 1975
SS Doug Plank 23 1 14 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
FS Craig Clemons 27 4 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 12th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Bob Thomas 24 1 0 12 of 25 field goals & 27 of 30 extra points Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
P Bob Parsons 26 4 0 99 punts for a 37.6 average, 1 blocked Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
PR Virgil Livers 24 1 14 28 punt returns for a 7.3 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 4th / 83rd pick / 1975
KR Brian Baschnagel 22 Rook 12 29 kick returns for a 26.0 average and 0 td Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
20 Mike Adamle 27 14 0 197 5-9 Northwestern 10/4/1949 5 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 120th pick / 1971
79 Lionel Antoine 26 LT 13 13 262 6-6 Southern Illinois 8/31/1950 4 4 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1972
7 Bob Avellini 23 QB 14 14 208 6-2 Maryland 8/28/1953 1 7 Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1975
47 Brian Baschnagel 22 KR 14 12 187 5-11 Ohio St. 1/8/1954 Rook 3 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976
82 Royce Berry 30 de 12 2 250 6-4 Houston 4/14/1946 7 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 161st pick / 1969
59 Ross Brupbacher 28 LLB 14 12 215 6-3 Texas A&M 4/7/1948 6 10 Chicago Bears / 4th / 100th pick / 1970
50 Waymond Bryant 24 RLB 14 14 236 6-4 Tennessee St. 7/28/1952 2 9 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1974
55 Doug Buffone 32 2 2 230 6-3 Louisville 6/27/1944 10 3 Chicago Bears / 4th / 60th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 72nd pick / 1966
83 Randy Burks 23 1 0 170 5-11 SE Oklahoma St.,Oklahoma St. 8/22/1953 Rook 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 233rd pick / 1976
9 Virgil Carter 31 8 0 192 6-1 BYU 11/9/1945 8 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 142nd pick / 1967
60 Wally Chambers*+ 25 RDT 14 13 250 6-6 East. Kentucky 5/15/1951 3 13 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1973
43 Craig Clemons 27 FS 14 14 195 5-11 Iowa 6/1/1949 4 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 12th pick / 1972
48 Allan Ellis 25 LCB 14 14 185 5-11 UCLA 8/19/1951 3 9 Chicago Bears / 5th / 107th pick / 1973
45 Gary Fencik 22 13 0 194 6-1 Yale 6/11/1954 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
35 Roland Harper 23 FB 14 14 208 5-11 Louisiana Tech 2/28/1953 1 9 Chicago Bears / 17th / 420th pick / 1975
73 Mike Hartenstine 23 LDE 14 14 251 6-3 Penn St. 7/27/1953 1 9 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
54 Tom Hicks 24 14 0 235 6-4 Illinois 12/18/1952 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 6th / 151st pick / 1975
19 Gary Huff 25 8 0 195 6-1 Florida St. 4/27/1951 3 0 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1973
65 Noah Jackson 25 LG 12 11 267 6-2 Tampa 4/14/1951 1 5 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
62 Dan Jiggetts 22 14 0 274 6-4 Harvard 3/10/1954 Rook 3 Chicago Bears / 6th / 161st pick / 1976
31 Bill Knox 25 14 0 190 5-9 Purdue 6/19/1951 2 4
88 Greg Latta 24 TE 14 14 227 6-3 Morgan St. 10/13/1952 1 3 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 188th pick / 1974
70 Dennis Lick 22 RT 14 9 266 6-3 Wisconsin 4/26/1954 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1976
24 Virgil Livers 24 PR 14 14 176 5-8 West. Kentucky 3/26/1952 1 7 Chicago Bears / 4th / 83rd pick / 1975
74 Jerry Meyers 22 12 0 249 6-4 Northern Illinois 2/21/1954 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 15th / 411th pick / 1976
58 Jerry Muckensturm 23 13 0 223 6-4 Arkansas St. 10/13/1953 Rook 4 Chicago Bears / 7th / 190th pick / 1976
22 Johnny Musso 26 14 0 201 5-11 Alabama 3/6/1950 1 2 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1972
52 Dan Neal 27 C 14 10 250 6-4 Kentucky 8/30/1949 3 4 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
63 Mark Nordquist 31 1 0 246 6-4 Pacific 11/3/1945 8 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 124th pick / 1968
68 Jim Osborne 27 LDT 14 14 250 6-3 Southern 9/7/1949 4 8 Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
86 Bob Parsons 26 P 14 0 234 6-4 Penn St. 6/29/1950 4 2 Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
34 Walter Payton*+ 23 RB 14 14 200 5-10 Jackson St. 7/25/1953 1 14 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
53 Dan Peiffer 25 c 4 4 252 6-3 SE Missouri St. 3/29/1951 1 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 14th / 346th pick / 1973
46 Doug Plank 23 SS 14 14 200 6-0 Ohio St. 3/4/1953 1 9 Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
80 Bo Rather 26 wr 9 2 184 6-1 Michigan 10/7/1950 3 0 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 104th pick / 1973
57 Don Rives 25 MLB 14 14 225 6-2 Texas Tech 8/30/1951 3 8 Chicago Bears / 15th / 370th pick / 1973
76 Ron Rydalch 24 dt 13 3 260 6-4 Utah 1/1/1952 1 3 New York Jets / 8th / 197th pick / 1974
44 Terry Schmidt 24 9 0 177 6-0 Ball St. 5/28/1952 2 3 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
36 Larry Schreiber 29 14 0 210 6-0 Tennessee Tech 8/11/1947 5 0 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 243rd pick / 1970
85 Steve Schubert 25 wr 14 1 185 5-10 Massachusetts 3/15/1951 2 1
89 James Scott 24 WR 11 8 190 6-1 Trinity Valley CC (TX) 3/28/1952 Rook 7 New York Jets / 8th / 193rd pick / 1975
75 Jeff Sevy 26 RG 14 14 260 6-5 California 10/24/1950 1 6 Chicago Bears / 12th / 290th pick / 1974
25 Ron Shanklin 28 wr 5 5 183 6-1 North Texas 1/21/1948 6 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1970
69 Revie Sorey 23 RG 14 9 260 6-2 Illinois 9/10/1953 1 4 Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
71 Roger Stillwell 25 RDE 13 10 260 6-5 Stanford 11/17/1951 1 6 Chicago Bears / 9th / 212th pick / 1975
16 Bob Thomas 24 K 14 0 178 5-10 Notre Dame 8/7/1952 1 3 Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
72 John Ward 28 10 0 258 6-4 Oklahoma St. 5/27/1948 6 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1970
Team Total 25.2 14 221.2 6-1.7 2.5