Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Flash Point redux: Bears 1965 draft
By Kevin Seifert
Lost amid helmet hysteria Tuesday was the second part of our Flash Point exercise, an effort to determine the most significant moment in each NFC North team's franchise history. In a video we added post-publication, ESPN's Mike Golic offered an alternative consideration for the Chicago Bears.
You chose the moment the Bears hired Buddy Ryan, architect of the 46 defense that led the team to a dominant 1985 season and ultimately victory in Super Bowl XX. I didn't disagree. Golic, on the other hand, suggested a moment we never discussed.
In the 1965, the Chicago Bears had three first-round draft picks. Their first choice: Linebacker Dick Butkus. Their second: Running back Gale Sayers.
Two Hall of Fame players chosen in the first round of one draft? Pretty impressive. I'll let you argue their franchise-wide impact among yourselves, noting the Bears were in the midst of a 14-year playoff drought at the time.