Chicago Bears' defense, 1963

The Chicago Bears relied on their defense to defeat the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000197" title="New York Giants" href="/topic/sports/football/new-york-giants-ORSPT000197.topic">New York Giants</a> 14-10 and win the national football championship. The heart of the 1963 Bears' league-leading defense -- and of the entire team -- was its corps of linebackers: from left, Larry Morris, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT002532" title="Bill George" href="/topic/sports/bill-george-PESPT002532.topic">Bill George</a> and Joe Fortunato.

( Tribune photo by Ray Gora / October 1, 2014 )

The Chicago Bears relied on their defense to defeat the New York Giants 14-10 and win the national football championship. The heart of the 1963 Bears' league-leading defense -- and of the entire team -- was its corps of linebackers: from left, Larry Morris, Bill George and Joe Fortunato.

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