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No. 8: Bill George

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Part of the Bears' legendary tradition of great middle linebackers, George played from 1952-65 and was all-NFL for eight seasons and played in eight straight Pro Bowls from 1955-62. He had 18 career interceptions and recovered 19 fumbles. He is credited with being perhaps the first middle linebacker to immediately drop back into coverage on passing downs.