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The Inaugural Class

You selected five candidates for the first class of the ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame.

Our expert panel of Melissa Isaacson, Marc Silverman, Michael Wilbon and Gene Wojciechowski pared down Chicago's greatest athletes of all time to 20 nominees for the inaugural class of five. Check out our panel's picks and join in the discussion.

So who made it? Check out the the first class.

Note: If they're still active, they weren't eligible.

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Isaacson defends her picks: On the clock Video
Silverman defends his picks: On the clock Video
Wilbon defends his picks: On the clock Video
Wojciechowski defends his picks: On the clock Video

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Getty Images Who is the best middle linebacker in Bears history, Butkus, Singletary or Urlacher?  Watch

As a young pro, Mike Singletary thought he knew all about Dick Butkus. You could not be a Chicago Bears linebacker over the past four decades, after all, and not hear about the legendary defender from fans and former players, avoid photos of the snarling No. 51 down every hallway, or feel him lurking over your shoulder. "I thought, 'OK, big guy, nasty, dirty,'" Singletary ...

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