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Former Bears Safety Duerson Dead At Age 50

Duerson Was A High-Flyer For The Greatest Team Ever

Dave Duerson, a vital contributor on the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, was found dead Thursday night in his Miami home at the age of 50.

The Miami Dade County coroner did not state a cause of death.

Duerson was chosen by the Bears out of Notre Dame in the third round of the 1983 draft.  After growing up in Muncie, Ind., he was a four-year starter for the Fighting Irish and a two-time All American.  In 1982, he was a captain.

He became a starter in 1985 for the club and played in the first of four consecutive Pro Bowls that year.  In 1987, he was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

Coach Ditka had this to say about the hard-hitting defensive back:

“He was a hell of a football player,” former Bears coach Mike Ditka said Friday. “He came in at the right time for us because that’s when Todd Bell held out. He fit right in, became a starter. We liked everything about him at Notre Dame. He rounded out that defense.  He fit in perfectly with Gary Fencik back there and was one of the leaders of our team.”

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