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This week in Bears history: April 13-19


With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, here's a look at what transpired this week in Bears history:

April 13
In 1964, George Halas became the first person outside the Packers organization to be honored by the team for his contributions to the game. About 700 Packers fans paid $6 a plate to attend a testimonial dinner for Papa Bear at the Eagles club in Green Bay. Halas was also recognized for helping the Packers franchise survive on multiple occasions when it was struggling financially since the inception of the NFL in 1920.

April 14
In 1978, the Bears traded defensive tackle Wally Chambers to the Buccaneers in exchange for a 1979 first-round draft pick and tight end Bob Moore. The Bears used the pick, which was fourth overall, to select Arkansas defensive lineman Dan Hampton. Hampton played his entire 12-year NFL career with the Bears. He was voted All-Pro six times, named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1980s and enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

April 15
In 2000, the Bears selected Hall of Fame middle linebacker Brian Urlacher in the first round (No. 9) and safety Mike Brown in the second round (No. 39) of the draft. Urlacher was the face of the franchise for more than a decade, earning eight trips to the Pro Bowl and the 2005 NFL defensive player of the year award. Brown was the heart-and-soul of the defense; a two-time All-Pro who recorded 17 interceptions with the Bears.

April 16
In 2000, the Bears selected kicker Paul Edinger in the sixth round of the draft (No. 174) out of Michigan State. Edinger spent five seasons with the Bears, making 75.0 percent of his field-goal attempts (135 of 180). His best season came in 2001 when he connected on 83.9 percent of his field-goal tries (26 of 31) on a Bears team that won the NFC Central with a 13-3 record.

April 17
In 1999, the Bears chose receiver Marty Booker in the third round of the draft (No. 78) out of Louisiana-Monroe. Booker spent six seasons with the Bears in two stints from 1999-2003 and 2008, appearing in 82 games. He is tied for fourth in franchise history with 329 receptions, ranks eighth with 3,895 yards and is tied for 10th with 25 touchdown catches.

April 18
In 1938, former safety Richie Petitbon was born. Petitbon spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Bears from 1959-68, exiting as the franchise's all-time leader with 37 interceptions. (He currently ranks second, one behind safety Gary Fencik.) Petitbon was selected to four Pro Bowls and was voted first-team All-Pro in 1963, when he helped the Bears win the NFL Championship. His 101-yard interception return for a touchdown in 1962 against the Rams remains the longest in Bears history.

April 19
In 1998, the Bears selected long-snapper Patrick Mannelly in the sixth round of the draft (No. 189) out of Duke. Mannelly spent his entire NFL career with the Bears, setting franchise records for most seasons (16) and games played (245). He played for Bears teams that won four division championships and one NFC title. Mannelly won the Ed Block Courage Award in 2014.