A first round pick of the Chicago Bears in 1965, Gale Sayers played in 68 games for the Bears from 1965 to 1971 and is considered by many to be the greatest running back of all time. He was Rookie of the Year in 1965, scoring 22 touchdowns including six in one game versus San Francisco. He led the NFC in rushing twice and was a five time All-Pro. He still ranks as the NFL’s all time leader in kickoff return average. Sayers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 at the age of 34. In 1994 the Bears retired his #40 jersey and that same year Sayers was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. Sayers, 63, is a successful entrepreneur.
WILLIAM “THE FRIDGE” PERRY
A three-time All-American at Clemson and member of the 1981 National Championship team, the Bears drafted Perry with the 22nd overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Perry played with the Bears from 1985 to 1993. He established himself as a premier run-stopper along the defensive line. Perry was also used as a fullback in goal line situations and scored three touchdowns his rookie season headlined by a 1-yard touchdown run in Super Bowl XX. Nicknamed “the Refrigerator” for his 6’2”, 325-lb square like frame, Perry’s size 23 ring is the largest in Super Bowl history. Perry, 44, makes several appearances and was recently named Director of Football Operations for the Chicago Slaughter of the Continental Indoor Football League.
Drafted by the Bears in 1966, Doug Buffone went on to play 14 seasons with the Chicago Bears from 1966 to 1980. He was the defensive captain from 1972 to 1979 and recorded over 1,200 tackles in his career. His 24 career interceptions are a Bears record. Buffone also holds the Bears single season sack record with 18 sacks in 1968. When Buffone retired in 1980, he became the last active Bear to have played for George Halas. Buffone, 63, resides in Chicago and hosts Chicago NFL Live on The Score 670 AM.
Steve McMichael played 15 seasons in the NFL from 1980 to 1994, including 13 with the Bears and 1 with the Packers (1994). McMichael was one of the most recognized and feared players of the Super Bowl Champion 1985 Bears. He played in a Bears record 191 games consecutively and made 92.5 sacks, second to Richard Dent. While with the Bears, McMichael won six NFC Central Division titles, went to the NFC Championship game three times, and won Super Bowl XX. Steve “Mongo” McMichael wrestled in the WWF and WCW from 1995 to 1999. McMichael, 49, is head coach of the Chicago Slaughter of the Continental Indoor Football League and is on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago.
Shaun Gayle played 12 seasons in the NFL; 11 with the Chicago Bears (1984 to 1994) and one with San Diego (1995). Drafted out of Ohio State, Gayle was a valuable defender who could play any of the four defensive back slots. He also was valuable on special teams and served as the Bears special teams captain during the 1985 Super Bowl season. In a playoff game on 1/5/86 versus the New York Giants, Gayle returned a whiffed Giants punt 5-yards for a touchdown, the shortest punt return for a touchdown in NFL history. Gayle, 45, covers the NFL for Sky TV, which is based in London and broadcasts across Europe.
LeRoy Butler played twelve seasons with the Green Bay Packers from 1990 to 2001. A second round draft pick from Florida State, Butler was selected to the Pro Bowl four times (1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998). He was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team along with teammates Brett Favre and Reggie White. In 181 career games Butler recorded 953 tackles, 38 interceptions, and 20.5 sacks. He earned a Super Bowl ring and is credited with inventing the Lambeau Leap. In July Butler will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Tony Moll was a fifth round draft selection of the Green Bay Packers in 2006. His rookie season he started ten games for the Packers, five at right tackle and five at right guard. Moll played tight end in college at Nevada from 2001 to 2004 and scored four touchdowns. His senior season (2005) he was moved to offensive line where he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference Honors. While a senior in high school, Moll was presented a Youth Service Award by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat for outstanding community service work.
Antonio Freeman played nine NFL seasons, eight of which were with the Green Bay Packers. He caught 477 passes for 7,251 yards and 61 touchdowns in his career. Freeman also returned punts and kicks. In his rookie season he returned a punt in the playoffs to lead the Packers to victory over Atlanta. In Super Bowl XXXI against New England, Freeman's 81-yard touchdown from Brett Favre gave the Packers the lead for good. A favorite target of Brett Favre, Freeman had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 1998. Freeman, 35, is active with his family and community work.
Willie Davis was traded to Green Bay from Cleveland in 1960. Recognizing Davis' outstanding combination of speed, agility, and size, Vince Lombardi moved Davis from offensive line to defensive end. Davis went on to play ten seasons with the Packers from 1960 to 1969. He was a key member of the Packers defense and was one of the most dominating defensive ends in NFL history. He never missed a game in his 12-year career, playing in 162 consecutive games. In 1971 Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Davis, 72, earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and owns five radio stations in Wisconsin and California. He is also on the Board of Directors of many major corporations.
Jason Spitz was a third round draft selection of the Green Bay Packers in 2006. He started 13 games on the offensive line his rookie season. Spitz was a four year starter at Louisville and collected 81 knockdown blocks his senior season, with 13 resulting in a touchdown. While in high school in Florida, Spitz won a state championship as a competitive weightlifter. Spitz is pursuing a master's degree in marketing and is active in the community.
Daryn Colledge was a second round draft selection (47th overall) of the Green Bay Packers in 2006. His rookie season he started 15 games at guard and was named to the NFL's All-Rookie Team. While in college at Boise State, Colledge played in and started 52 consecutive games leading the team to a 45-7 record over that time. He is the highest ever NFL draft choice from Alaska and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Colledge earned a B.A. degree in communications and would like to work in television or radio after his playing career is over.