Chicago Bears: Ranking the top ten Chicago Bears of the 2000s

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Chicago Bears Alex Brown
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5. Alex Brown, DE (2002-2009)

Alex Brown ended his Bears career as one of the greatest defensive ends in Chicago history. Despite not being voted to any Pro Bowls, Brown started every game in all but two seasons with the Bears and helped lead them to Super Bowl XLI. He played a pivotal role on the 2006 defense, which is undoubtedly one of the greatest defensive teams in the history of the Bears.

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His 43.5 career sacks and 16 forced fumbles with the Bears are good for fourth all time. His five interceptions rank only behind Richard Dent for Bears defensive ends. Not only was his on-field play impressive, but AB was also quite well-liked around the locker room for both his personality and leadership.

Brown was drafted in the 4th round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida. He had a successful college career and was inducted into the Florida Gators Hall of Fame in 2012.

Brown remains a fixture around the Bears organization and is often seen and heard around Chicago on numerous media platforms covering the Bears. He signed a one-day contract to retire as a Bear in 2012 after 143 games played in the blue and orange.