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Former Bears kicker LeClerc passes away


Former Bears kicker Roger LeClerc, a member of the 1963 NFL championship team, passed away Thursday at the age of 84.

LeClerc was selected by the Bears in the 15th round of the 1959 draft out of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He spent the first seven seasons of his eight-year NFL career with the Bears from 1960-66, appearing in 96 games. He made 76 of 152 field-goal attempts (50 percent) with a long of 50 yards and 152 of 158 extra-point tries (96.2 percent).

Standing 6-3 and weighing 235 pounds, LeClerc also played center and linebacker. He registered his only career interception in a 1963 game and made 12 of 17 career starts at linebacker in 1964.

LeClerc spent one final season of his playing career in the American Football League with the Denver Broncos in 1967. 

Following his retirement, LeClerc was a math teacher in the Agawam, Mass., school system for 30 years.