Chicago Bears Release Full List Of Centennial Scrapbook Top 100

May 23, 2019 - 10:03 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Bears announced Thursday the final 25 players of the Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook Top 100, completing the list selected by Hall of Fame writers Don Pierson and Dan Pompei. 

Throughout the week, the team released a quarter of the list each day. These announcement come ahead of the Bears100 Celebration Weekend, taking place June 7-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

On Monday, players ranked from 76-100 were announced including 12 who contributed to a Bears championship, one Hall of Famer, six All-Pros, nine Pro Bowlers, two head coaches, the Bears all-time passing leader and longest tenured player. According to the team, six of those players on that quarter of the list will be at the Bears100 Celebration Weekend.

Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass under pressure from Olivier Vernon #54 of the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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On Tuesday, players ranked from 51-75 were announced including 11 who contributed to a Bears championship, one whose number has been retired by the Bears, 17 Pro Bowlers, six Ed Block Award winners, nine Piccolo Award winners and the Bears all-time scoring leader. According to the team, 13 of those players on that quarter of the list will be at the Bears100 Celebration Weekend.

Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears on December 1, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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On Wednesday, players ranked from 26-50 were announced including 17 who contributed to a Bears championship, seven Hall of Famers , 17 All-Pros, 16 Pro Bowlers, one head coach, the Bears second all-time leader in starts and founder of the Chicago Bears, George S. Halas. According to the team, seven of those players on that quarter of the list will be at the Bears100 Celebration Weekend.

Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field on December 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.
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And finally on Thursday, players ranked from 1-25 were announced including 19 who contributed to a Bears championship, 19 Hall of Famers, four NFL Defensive Player of the Year winners, three NFL Rookie of the Year winners, two rushing champions, and one NFL Coach of the Year. According to the team, 11 of those players on that quarter of the list will be at the Bears100 Celebration Weekend.

Walter Payton strides into the end zone during a game against the Cleveland Browns in 1986.
Walter Payton (Ed Wagner, Jr./Chicago Tribune/TNS/Sipa USA)

According to the Chicago Bears, Pierson and Pompei spent over 15 hours interviewing "the only person with first-hand knowledge of every decade in the 100 years of Chicago Bears history"–team owner Virginia Halas McCaskey.

"Her voice is woven throughout the book covering the teams, players, coaches and so much more that made the Bears one of the iconic franchises in American sports. Readers will enjoy a design featuring rare pictures, in addition to images of historic artifacts and memorabilia. The inspiration for the book stems from the scrapbooks George S. Halas’ wife, Min, kept each season dating back to the 1930s. Many of the scrapbooks still exist and some were referenced for the Centennial Scrapbook," the team said in a statement. "Each book will include a piece of Bears history with an authentic Bears100 uniform patch, which is embedded in the front cover. The dustjacket also doubles as a fold-out poster and there is a clear pocket in the back for fans to add their own piece(s) of Bears history to the book."

Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook
Chicago Bears

The Centennial Scrapbook is available for presale at store.chicagobears.com

Besides releasing the Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook Top 100 this week, the team has other announcements planned leading up to the Bears100 Celebration Weekend. During the week of June 3 the Centennial Scrapbook All-Time Team will be announced in parts each day starting with the All-Time defensive players, followed by the All-Time specialists and then the All-Time offensive players. 

The Bears100 Celebration Weekend takes place June 7-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Tickets are still available. The Bears said fans can meet players, relive behind-the-scenes moments, share stories, and look to the future; as well as enjoy free autographs, photo opps, football panels, and interactive activities. 

"This once-in-a-lifetime event will be the largest gathering of Bears ever," the team said in a statement. "The 2019 team and coaching staff, along with Bears Hall of Famers and alumni are scheduled to attend."

Check out the full list of Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook Top 100:

  1. Walter Payton
  2. Dick Butkus
  3. Bronko Nagurski
  4. Sid Luckman
  5. Gale Sayers
  6. Mike Ditka
  7. Bill George
  8. Bulldog Turner
  9. Doug Atkins
  10. Danny Fortmann
  11. Dan Hampton
  12. Richard Dent
  13. Jimbo Covert
  14. Brian Urlacher
  15. Mike Singletary
  16. Bill Hewitt
  17. Stan Jones
  18. Jay Hilgenberg
  19. Steve McMichael
  20. Devin Hester
  21. Joe Stydahar
  22. George Connor
  23. George McAfee
  24. Joe Fortunato
  25. Ed Sprinkle
  26. Ed Healey
  27. Olin Kreutz
  28. Lance Briggs
  29. Rick Casares
  30. Gary Fencik
  31. Charles Tillman
  32. Paddy Driscoll
  33. George Trafton
  34. Matt Forte
  35. George Musso
  36. Red Grange
  37. George S. Halas
  38. Link Lyman
  39. Harlon Hill
  40. Ken Kavanaugh
  41. Neal Anderson
  42. Richie Petitbon
  43. Wilber Marshall
  44. Johnny Morris
  45. Otis Wilson
  46. Doug Buffone
  47. Dave Duerson
  48. Fred Williams
  49. Ray Bray
  50. Mark Bortz
  51. Keith Van Horne
  52. Joe Kopcha
  53. Jim McMahon
  54. Ed Brown
  55. Johnny Lujack
  56. Roosevelt Taylor
  57. Jim Osborne
  58. Wally Chambers
  59. Julius Peppers
  60. Khalil Mack
  61. Willie Galimore
  62. Robbie Gould
  63. Mike Brown
  64. James Williams
  65. Dick Gordon
  66. Mike Hartenstine
  67. Ed O’Bradovich
  68. Dick Barwegen
  69. Bill Wade
  70. Matt Suhey
  71. Kevin Butler
  72. Mark Carrier
  73. Tommie Harris
  74. Kyle Long
  75. Akiem Hicks
  76. J.C. Caroline
  77. Bennie McRae
  78. Donnell Woolford
  79. Dennis McKinnon
  80. Alshon Jeffery
  81. Brandon Marshall
  82. George Blanda
  83. Willie Gault
  84. Tom Thayer
  85. Jay Cutler
  86. Allan Ellis
  87. Luke Johnsos
  88. Joey Sternaman
  89. Mike Pyle
  90. Beattie Feathers
  91. Bob Wetoska
  92. Bill Osmanski
  93. Herman Lee
  94. Jim Dooley
  95. Larry Morris
  96. Eddie Jackson
  97. Bobby Joe Green
  98. Trace Armstrong
  99. Doug Plank
  100. Patrick Mannelly