of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton was a menacing, yet versatile,
defender, who served 12 seasons defending the line of scrimmage
for the Chicago Bears.
All-American out of the University of Arkansas, he was selected
by the Bears in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft.
contribution to the defense as a rookie paved the way for his
Hall of Fame career. He recorded 70 tackles, two sacks, two fumble
recoveries, and three passes defended in his first campaign, then
eclipsed that performance in his sophomore season by recording
73 tackles and leading the Bears with 11.5 sacks. He also earned
his first of four Pro Bowl appearances.
will probably be remembered best as a huge part of the Bears'
1985 defense that allowed just 198 points in 16 regular season
games, and 10 points in three playoff games, including a dominating
performance over the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
All-Pro: 1982 (PFWA, NEA, PW), 1984 (AP, NEA, SN, PW), 1986 (NEA),
1988 (NEA, PW)
All-Pro Second Team: 1980 (NEA), 1982 (AP), 1985 (AP, NEA), 1986
(AP), 1988 (AP)
All-NFC: 1980 (PW), 1984 (PW), 1986 (UPI), 1988 (UPI, PW)
All-NFC Second Team: 1980 (UPI), 1982 (UPI), 1984 (UPI), 1985
Pro Bowls 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986
Defensive MVP 1982 (PW) All-Decade Team: 1980s
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002
1985 NFC Champions - Chicago Bears
Super Bowl XX - Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10