Dave Duerson, Member of '85 Bears Defense, Found Dead
"Our family asks that you please remember Dave as a good, kind and caring man," the Duerson family said in a statement released on the Bears' official website. "He loved and cherished his family and friends and was extremely proud of his beloved Notre Dame and Chicago Bears. Please keep Dave and our family in your prayers."
Duerson was a third-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 1983, then played for the Bears from '83 through '89. During that time, he earned four consecutive Pro Bowl nods (1985-88) and was named the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1987.
He had five interceptions during Chicago's 15-1 regular in 1985, then picked off six passes the next season as Chicago finished 14-2 and won the NFC Central.
Duerson moved on to New York in 1990, where he played one season for the Giants. He finished his career with a three-year stint as a member of the Phoenix Cardinals. All told, Duerson recorded 20 interceptions and 16 sacks during his NFL career.
"We are stunned and saddened to hear the tragic news regarding Dave Duerson," the Bears said in a statement. "He was a great contributor to our team and the Chicago community. Today is a difficult day for all of us who loved Dave. We'll miss him. Our prayers are with his family."