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Bears Heavily Represented on All-Star Team

Dec. 11, 1963 - The rating of the Chicago Bears’ crack defensive unit was reflected today in the NFL All-Star team selected for The Associated Press by a panel of 42 writers and broadcasters from the 14 league cities. The Bears won 6 of the 22 places on the offensive and defensive units, and 5 of them were defense stars. Green Bay put five men on the team, New York four, Cleveland two, and Baltimore, St. Louis, Minnesota, Detroit, and Los Angeles one each. Surprisingly, there was no member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who meet the Giants in New York Sunday in a game for the Eastern title. Y.A. Tittle, the bald eagle of the Giants; Mike Ditka, the Bears’ outstanding tight end; and the Cleveland fullback, Jimmy Brown, who broke his own ground-gaining record this season, were near-unanimous choices. Ditka was the Bears’ only representative on the offensive team. On the defensive unit they had a 6-8 end, Doug Atkins (pictured #81); two linebackers, Bill George and Joe Fortunato; and two ball-hawking safeties, Richie Petitbon and Roosevelt Taylor. Only 9 of the 22 men selected last year repeated. The offensive players who did so were Del Shofner, Forest Gregg, Jerry Kramer, Jim Parker, Jim Ringo, and Tittle. The defensive repeaters were Roger Brown, Henry Jordan, and Herb Adderley.

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