Top 5 Running Backs in Chicago Bears Franchise History


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5. Neal Anderson

Drafted in the first round (27th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft, Neal Anderson played sparingly for the first couple years of his career, but as soon as he was given a full opportunity, Anderson proved why the Bears invested such a high pick on a player who plays a position that was seemingly filled. In 1988, Anderson burst onto the scene with great speed and quickness that allowed him to make decisive cuts on the field. In his first year as a starter, Anderson was named to the Pro Bowl with his 1,106 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

An argument could have been named for Anderson as the best running back in the NFL the following few seasons, as he was selected to the Pro Bowl the following three years. Anderson’s best season was probably in 1989 when he carried the ball 274 times for 1,275 yard (4.7 YPC average) and 15 total touchdowns. Anderson’s career started to slide in 1991, and he retired after the 1993 season. He finished his career as the second leading rusher in franchise history, and is still the third leading rusher today.