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Ex-Bears great Covert elected to Hall of Fame

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Former Bears left tackle Jimbo Covert has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2020.

Covert will be among 10 senior candidates enshrined in Canton as part of a special 20-member centennial class commemorating the NFL's 100th season.

The 10 senior inductees were revealed early Wednesday on "Good Morning Football" on NFL Network. The senior candidates—all of whom last played in the NFL more than 25 years ago—were chosen from among 20 finalists by a special 25-member Blue Ribbon Panel last week at the Hall of Fame.

Covert played his entire eight-year NFL career with the Bears from 1983-90 after being selected with the sixth pick in the first round of the 1983 draft out of Pittsburgh, where he blocked for star quarterback Dan Marino.

Covert was a two-time first-team All-Pro who helped the Bears win six division championships, one conference title and one Super Bowl during his nine seasons. He was part of an offensive line that helped the Bears lead the NFL in rushing for four consecutive seasons from 1983-86.

Shortly after Covert was announced, it was revealed that former Bears defensive end Ed Sprinkle also will be among the 10 senior candidates enshrined as part of the Class of 2020. Their inclusion will give the Bears 30 Hall of Famers, most of any NFL team.

Covert will become the fifth player from the famed 1985 Super Bowl XX champions to be inducted in Canton, joining former teammates Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, Walter Payton and Mike Singletary—along with their coach, Mike Ditka.

In addition to the 10 senior candidates, the Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 will include five modern-era candidates, three contributors and two coaches. Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson were revealed as the two coaches last weekend.

The entire 20-person Class of 2020 will be in Canton for Enshrinement Week in August. The modern-era players, contributors and coaches will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 8, while the 10 seniors will be enshrined during the Hall of Fame's Centennial Celebration Sept. 16-19.

Jimbo Covert and Ed Sprinkle join the 28 other members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame from the Chicago Bears, the most of any team in the NFL.

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