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The Bears kept the Illinois linebacker in the state by taking him with the third pick in the draft, and he rewarded the team throughout his career. The Hall of Famer made eight Pro Bowls in his nine seasons and is considered one of the best linebackers of all-time. The next pick, fourth overall, also belonged to Chicago, who selected another future Hall of Famer in Gale Sayers.

Text: Bill Carey
Photo: AP

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