The Chicago Bears are one of the oldest franchises in the National Football League. During their incredibly long history, they have had a lot of great players. Many of those players have made some big plays too for the team over the years.
One of the most exciting plays in football is a kickoff or punt return for a touchdown. This usually means that a player will make dazzling moves or break tackles as he runs from one end of the field to the other. Here is a look at the kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns of the Chicago Bears.
Chicago Bears Punt Returns For Touchdowns Through The 2009 Season:
-16 different players have returned punts for touchdowns in Bears history.
-There have been 31 punt returns for touchdown by the Bears over the years.
-The player who has returned the most punts for touchdowns in Bears history is Devin Hester with seven.
-The first time a punt was returned for a touchdown by a Bears player was in 1940 and the player who did it was Ray McLean.
-George McAfee and Gale Sayers, both members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, each returned punts for touchdowns twice for the Bears.
-Other notable players who have returned punts for touchdowns for the Bears include R.W. McQuarters, Gale Sayers, George McAfee, Jeff Graham, and Glyn Milburn.
Chicago Bears Kickoff Returns For Touchdowns Through The 2009 Season:
-27 different Bears players have returned kickoffs for touchdowns.
-Kickoffs have been returned for touchdowns 43 times by members of the Chicago Bears.
-No player has returned more kickoffs for touchdowns than Gale Sayers with six. Devin Hester is close though with four.
-The first player to return a kickoff for a touchdown for the team was Ray Nolting in 1940.
-Two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame have returned kickoffs for touchdowns for the Bears, Gale Sayers and George McAfee.
-Other notable names that have returned kickoffs for touchdowns for the Bears include Dennis Gentry, Glyn Milburn, Brian Baschnagel, Willie Galimore, Willie Gault, and Thomas Sanders.