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1977 Chicago Bears

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9-5-0, NFC Central Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.6, Offense: 0.0, Defense: -3.6, SoS: -3.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 255 points (18.2/g), 13th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 253 points (18.1/g), 19th.
 Differential of 2 points (0.1/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-6.9.

Coach: Jack Pardee (9-5-0)

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 24 2 14 154 for 293, 2,004 yards, 11 td, 18 int, & 37 rushes for 109 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1975
RB Walter Payton*+ 24 2 14 339 rushes for 1,852 yards, 14 td, & 27 catches for 269 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
FB Roland Harper 24 2 10 120 rushes for 457 yards, 0 td, & 19 catches for 142 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 17th / 420th pick / 1975
WR Bo Rather 27 4 9 17 catches for 294 yards, 2 td, & 2 rushes for 8 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 4th / 104th pick / 1973
WR James Scott 25 1 14 50 catches for 809 yards, 3 td New York Jets / 8th / 193rd pick / 1975
TE Greg Latta 25 2 14 26 catches for 335 yards, 4 td Baltimore Colts / 8th / 188th pick / 1974
LT Ted Albrecht 23 Rook 12 Chicago Bears / 1st / 15th pick / 1977
LG Noah Jackson 26 2 14 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
C Dan Peiffer 26 2 14 St. Louis Cardinals / 14th / 346th pick / 1973
RG Revie Sorey 24 2 14 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
RT Dennis Lick 23 1 14 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mike Hartenstine 24 2 11 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
LDT Jim Osborne 28 5 12 Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
RDT Ron Rydalch 25 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 8th / 197th pick / 1974
RDE Billy Newsome 29 7 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 5th / 122nd pick / 1970
LLB Doug Buffone 33 11 11 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 60th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 72nd pick / 1966
MLB Tom Hicks 25 1 5 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 6th / 151st pick / 1975
RLB Waymond Bryant 25 3 12 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1974
LCB Allan Ellis* 26 4 14 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 5th / 107th pick / 1973
RCB Virgil Livers 25 2 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 83rd pick / 1975
SS Gary Fencik 23 1 14 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
FS Doug Plank 24 2 11 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Bob Thomas 25 2 0 14 of 27 field goals & 27 of 30 extra points Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
P Bob Parsons 27 5 0 80 punts for a 40.4 average, 2 blocked Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
PR Steve Schubert 26 3 1 31 punt returns for a 9.4 average and 1 td
KR Brian Baschnagel 23 1 4 23 kick returns for a 24.2 average and 1 td Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
64 Ted Albrecht 23 LT 14 12 253 6-4 California 10/8/1954 Rook 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 15th pick / 1977
7 Bob Avellini 24 QB 14 14 208 6-2 Maryland 8/28/1953 2 11 Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1975
84 Brian Baschnagel 23 KR 10 4 187 5-11 Ohio St. 1/8/1954 1 2 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 66th pick / 1976
25 Art Best 24 14 0 205 6-1 Notre Dame,Kent St. 3/18/1953 Rook 0 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 156th pick / 1977
81 Chuck Bradley 27 7 0 243 6-6 Oregon 10/13/1950 2 0 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1973
50 Waymond Bryant 25 RLB 13 12 236 6-4 Tennessee St. 7/28/1952 3 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1974
55 Doug Buffone 33 LLB 13 11 230 6-3 Louisville 6/27/1944 11 8 Chicago Bears / 4th / 60th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 72nd pick / 1966
59 Gary Campbell 25 lb 14 2 218 6-1 Colorado 3/4/1952 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 291st pick / 1976
60 Wally Chambers 26 dt 4 1 250 6-6 East. Kentucky 5/15/1951 4 1 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1973
43 Craig Clemons 28 12 2 195 5-11 Iowa 6/1/1949 5 3 Chicago Bears / 1st / 12th pick / 1972
39 Robin Earl 22 te 14 3 242 6-5 Washington 3/18/1955 Rook 2 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 61st pick / 1977
48 Allan Ellis* 26 LCB 14 14 185 5-11 UCLA 8/19/1951 4 11 Chicago Bears / 5th / 107th pick / 1973
8 Vince Evans 22 7 0 215 6-2 USC 6/14/1955 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 140th pick / 1977
45 Gary Fencik 23 SS 14 14 194 6-1 Yale 6/11/1954 1 7 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 281st pick / 1976
82 John Gilliam 32 2 0 195 6-1 South Carolina St. 8/7/1945 10 0 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1967
35 Roland Harper 24 FB 11 10 208 5-11 Louisiana Tech 2/28/1953 2 6 Chicago Bears / 17th / 420th pick / 1975
73 Mike Hartenstine 24 LDE 14 11 251 6-3 Penn St. 7/27/1953 2 7 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 31st pick / 1975
54 Tom Hicks 25 MLB 12 5 235 6-4 Illinois 12/18/1952 1 4 Chicago Bears / 6th / 151st pick / 1975
65 Noah Jackson 26 LG 14 14 267 6-2 Tampa 4/14/1951 2 7 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 161st pick / 1974
62 Dan Jiggetts 23 12 0 274 6-4 Harvard 3/10/1954 1 3 Chicago Bears / 6th / 161st pick / 1976
88 Greg Latta 25 TE 14 14 227 6-3 Morgan St. 10/13/1952 2 5 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 188th pick / 1974
70 Dennis Lick 23 RT 14 14 266 6-3 Wisconsin 4/26/1954 1 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1976
24 Virgil Livers 25 RCB 14 14 176 5-8 West. Kentucky 3/26/1952 2 7 Chicago Bears / 4th / 83rd pick / 1975
74 Jerry Meyers 23 13 3 249 6-4 Northern Illinois 2/21/1954 1 4 Chicago Bears / 15th / 411th pick / 1976
58 Jerry Muckensturm 24 14 4 223 6-4 Arkansas St. 10/13/1953 1 4 Chicago Bears / 7th / 190th pick / 1976
22 Johnny Musso 27 14 1 201 5-11 Alabama 3/6/1950 2 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1972
52 Dan Neal 28 14 0 250 6-4 Kentucky 8/30/1949 4 3 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 270th pick / 1973
87 Billy Newsome 29 RDE 14 14 250 6-4 Grambling St. 3/2/1948 7 8 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 122nd pick / 1970
68 Jim Osborne 28 LDT 14 12 250 6-3 Southern 9/7/1949 5 7 Chicago Bears / 7th / 182nd pick / 1972
86 Bob Parsons 27 P 14 0 234 6-4 Penn St. 6/29/1950 5 3 Chicago Bears / 5th / 117th pick / 1972
34 Walter Payton*+ 24 RB 14 14 200 5-10 Jackson St. 7/25/1953 2 20 Chicago Bears / 1st / 4th pick / 1975
53 Dan Peiffer 26 C 14 14 252 6-3 SE Missouri St. 3/29/1951 2 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 14th / 346th pick / 1973
15 Mike Phipps 30 3 0 208 6-3 Purdue 11/19/1947 7 0 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 3rd pick / 1970
46 Doug Plank 24 FS 11 11 200 6-0 Ohio St. 3/4/1953 2 6 Chicago Bears / 12th / 291st pick / 1975
80 Bo Rather 27 WR 13 9 184 6-1 Michigan 10/7/1950 4 4 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 104th pick / 1973
83 Steve Rivera 23 3 0 184 5-11 California 8/5/1954 1 0 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 100th pick / 1976
57 Don Rives 26 14 9 225 6-2 Texas Tech 8/30/1951 4 4 Chicago Bears / 15th / 370th pick / 1973
51 Mel Rogers 30 5 0 231 6-2 Florida A&M 4/23/1947 6 3
76 Ron Rydalch 25 RDT 14 14 260 6-4 Utah 1/1/1952 2 8 New York Jets / 8th / 197th pick / 1974
44 Terry Schmidt 25 db 10 1 177 6-0 Ball St. 5/28/1952 3 1 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
85 Steve Schubert 26 PR 13 1 185 5-10 Massachusetts 3/15/1951 3 3
89 James Scott 25 WR 14 14 190 6-1 Trinity Valley CC (TX) 3/28/1952 1 11 New York Jets / 8th / 193rd pick / 1975
75 Jeff Sevy 27 t 12 2 260 6-5 California 10/24/1950 2 2 Chicago Bears / 12th / 290th pick / 1974
69 Revie Sorey 24 RG 14 14 260 6-2 Illinois 9/10/1953 2 7 Chicago Bears / 5th / 110th pick / 1975
47 Mike Spivey 23 14 0 197 6-0 Colorado 3/10/1954 Rook 3 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1977
71 Roger Stillwell 26 5 0 260 6-5 Stanford 11/17/1951 2 4 Chicago Bears / 9th / 212th pick / 1975
16 Bob Thomas 25 K 14 0 178 5-10 Notre Dame 8/7/1952 2 2 Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 388th pick / 1974
23 Len Walterscheid 23 14 0 190 5-11 Southern Utah 9/13/1954 Rook 3
Team Total 25.4 14 222.7 6-1.9 2.6