Chicago Bears: 15 greatest running backs of all time

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As the most storied franchise in the NFL, the Chicago Bears have boasted some elite running backs throughout history.

We may be a bit biased here at Da Windy City, but all of us will agree that the Chicago Bears are the greatest franchise in NFL history. How can they not be? The organization boasts a rich, deep legacy.

The story all started with George Halas, a.k.a. “Papa Bear” and has unfolded for decades upon decades, surrounded by the best fans in the world. Some of the most iconic jerseys worn in the sports world today continue to be stitched with navy and orange.

You cannot begin to tell the story of the history of this franchise without mentioning the running back position. A handful of the most talented players to ever step foot on a field held the title “running back for the Chicago Bears.”

Most of us know the icons — the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. But, along the way, we may have forgotten how good some of the others were; either that or some of us were too young to remember.

That’s where we come in. Our team has put together a list of the top 15 running backs in Bears franchise history. Think you can predict the top five? Let’s find out.

(1994-97). Raymont Harris. 15. player. 57. . RB

Starting us off at No. 15 is former Ohio State Buckeyes running back Raymont Harris. Coming to Chicago in the fourth round back in 1994, Harris would go on to play four seasons with the Bears. Ironically enough, he enjoyed his best season in his fourth and final year with Chicago, before heading to the rival Green Bay Packers.

It’s a shame to say that when he left for Green Bay, that was the beginning of the end for Harris, as he only played two more years in the NFL before retiring.

Harris finds himself at No. 16 on the Bears’ all-time rushing list with 2,245 yards and 15 touchdowns. At this point in the game’s history, Harris might be more well-known for his record for the most rushing yards in a bowl game by an Ohio State player (235 yards).