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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.

Discuss! See any glaring ommissions?
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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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Dickerson's top 5 Bears of all time


By Jeff Dickerson

US Presswire In their prime, who was a better running back, Walter Payton or Gale Sayers?  Watch

Richard Dent's enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past weekend gave the Bears 27 busts in Canton, Ohio, which makes narrowing down a top-five list a difficult assignment.

However, the top three of Walter Payton, George Halas and Mike Ditka are logical choices, considering what each meant to not just Chicago, but to the entire football landscape ...

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