Here’s hoping for a 900 yd season

September 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm 2 comments

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From Chalk Talk w/ Larry Mayer from Chicagobears.com

How many Bears rookie running backs have rushed for 1,000 yards?

Paul D.
Lake Bluff, Illinois

Three Bears rookie running backs have topped 1,000 yards: Beattie Feathers (1,004 in 1934), Rashaan Salaam (1,074 in 1995) and Anthony Thomas (1,183 in 2001). Interestingly, the top four career rushers in Bears history all failed to rush for 1,000 yards as rookies: Walter Payton, Neal Anderson, Rick Casares and Gale Sayers. Sayers came the closest with 867 yards in 1965.

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Football season is upon us and that means I spend days analyzing my fantasy leagues and longing for Sundays and Monday night (with the occassional Thursday).

From what I’ve read and briefly seen, I’m hoping Matt Forte becomes a solid back for the Bears for the next few years so draft picks can be used in other parts of the offense. It’s a interesting that the top rushers  for the Bears didn’t rush for 1000 yards their rookie year, even with the shorter schedules.  Mayer doesn’t indicate if  Payton, Sayers, Anderson, and Casares were starters (eg got the most rushing attempts) their rookie year.   However, look at the names that did rush over 1000 yards their rookie year: Rashaan Salaam. Anthony Thomas.  UGH.  If you’re wondering, Curtis Enis rushed for 133 yds his rookie year.

Since I’m on the topic of Chicago Bear draft busts, my college roommate Jim and I came across this poster in 2003.

This poster is funny and sad at the same time

This poster is funny and sad at the same time

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shizelbs  |  September 5, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Whats more likely for the Bears this year; 900 yards rushing from one back or 900 yards passing from one QB? Serious question. 🙂

    Reply
  • 2. bongarang  |  September 5, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    by far, 900 yards passing. The Bears might be my sleeper pick this year.

    Reply

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