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Chalk Talk: Who will be next HOF Bears player?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on

I'm very happy about Jimbo Covert and Ed Sprinkle making the Hall of Fame! Who do you think will be the next Bears player elected to the Hall of Fame?
Don C.
Waukegan, Illinois

I think you can make a compelling case for several former Bears players, including Lance Briggs, Devin Hester, Jay Hilgenberg, Olin Kreutz, Steve McMichael and Charles Tillman. But I personally think that Hester will be the next to be inducted. I believe that his first year of eligibility will be in 2022.

With Jimbo Covert and Ed Sprinkle both part of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2020, I was wondering when was the last time that two former Bears were inducted in the same year?
Edward T.
Dearborn, Michigan

Multiple Bears were enshrined in each of the Hall of Fame's first four years of existence from 1963-66. The only other time that more than one Bears player has been inducted in the same year was in 1982 when defensive end Doug Atkins and offensive lineman George Musso were honored. The longest stretch the Bears have gone without having a player enter the Hall of Fame is nine years, from defensive lineman Dan Hampton in 2002 to defensive end Richard Dent in 2011.

How many different places have the Bears held training camp?
Ray W.

The Bears have conducted training camp at five locations outside the Chicago area: at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. (1933), St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. (1935-43), St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind. (1944-74), University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1984-2001) and Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. (2002-19). They trained at Lane Tech High School in 1934 and at Lake Forest College from 1975-83.

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