Bill George was the first to star at the linebacker position, roaming the middle for Halas' great defensive teams of the 1950s and 1960s. George, a Bear from 1952 to 1965, picked off 18 passes and recovered 19 fumbles during his career. He was the leader on defense during the 1963 NFL championship year when the Bears held teams to an average of 10 points per game.
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