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No. 17: Danny Fortmann

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A guard and linebacker, Fortmann played for the Bears from 1936-43 and was a six-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965. Legend has it that Fortmann convinced George Halas to allow him to pursue his medical degree while playing football. He ultimately became a surgeon and team physician for the Los Angeles Rams from 1947-63.