Doug Atkins: A Bear of a man


Talk of Fame Network

Hall-of-Fame defensive end Doug Atkins, a giant of a man and a giant of a football player, died Wednesday at 85.

Atkins, who was 6-feet-8 and 280 pounds, was a fearsome pass rusher who played in the 1950s and 1960s and spent most of his 17-year career with the Chicago Bears. He appeared in the Pro Bowl eight times with the Bears and was the star pass rusher on the 1963 team that allowed an average of only 10 points per game and won the NFL championship with a 14-10 defeat of the New York Giants.

Atkins cannot and should not be forgotten, and NFL historian John Turney reminds us why with his obituary of one of the greatest Chicago Bears:

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  1. Tommy chandler
    December 31, 2015

    So sorry to hear this. Atkins was the BIG JOHN STUDD of his day. UNBLOCKABLE. Even Butkus said he was the toughest guy he ever saw. Offensive tackles got no sleep the night before facing Atkins. REST IN PIECE BIG GUY!! We’re all gonna follow you.

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