Bears HOF Doug Atkins passes

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Doug Atkins Bears HOF

Doug Atkins Bears HOF

One of professional football’s first feared pass rushers, former Chicago Bear Doug Atkins, died Wednesday. He was 85.

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Atkins, with his Paul Bunyan appearance, used his size and strength to dominate offensive lineman in the late 1950’s-early 60’s, right before the NFL entered its Golden Age and became America’s favorite sport.

Known as one of the game’s toughest and fiercest competitors, Atkins lined up with fellow Hall of Famers such as MLB’s Bill George and later Dick Butkus on Bears founder George Halas’s last great defense.

Bears Chairman George McCaskey released the following statement upon receiving the news of Atkins death. READ MORE