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Former Bear Mike Pyle passes away

Former Bears center Mike Pyle passed away Wednesday at the age of 76.

Pyle played his entire NFL career with the Bears, appearing in 121 games over nine seasons from 1961-69. In 1963, Pyle helped the Bears win the NFL championship and was voted to the Pro Bowl.

Pyle was selected by the Bears in the seventh round of the 1961 draft out of Yale. He was born in Iowa but moved to the Chicago area, graduating from New Trier High School in Winnetka.

After his retirement, Pyle served as a a pre- and post-game host on Bears radio broadcasts and also hosted "The Mike Ditka Show" during Ditka's tenure as the team's head coach.

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