Every sports fan has a debate on multiple occasions: "Who is the GOAT". I'm sure you know that GOAT stands for Greatest of all time.
Well, FanDuel made a list of each team's GOAT.
As you can see, the greatest player of all time for the Chicago Bears according to them is RB Walter Payton. I think this makes a lot of sense. While the Bears had some amazing players wear their jerseys like Butkus, Urlacher, or Dent but Payton is the clear-cut winner, in my mind.
Every living person in Chicago knows who Walter Payton was. He dominated with the Bears and led us to our last successful super bowl outing. Now in 2022, you wonder if he could have kept up with how much the game has changed since then. With the league emphasizing pass so heavily today he would face less stacked boxes, alongside his ability to run, catch, block, and even throw on occasion, I think he would be one of the most versatile players in the league today.
I mean, after all, he still holds the franchise record for most receptions. Walter would probably still be a 1000+ yard rusher in today's league. Chicago in the 80s was very much a smashmouth football organization and I'm not so sure modern-built defencss could handle the intensity he brought to the field today.
Not to mention his insane workouts and health regimen he kept, call me biased, but I mean I still have the Chicago Chronicle from the day he died as one of my most prized possessions and as a kid growing up in the Chicago area sweetness was an early childhood idol. Of course, comparing him to today's players is kind of like the simulation fight in the last Rocky film, pure conjecture. Still, it makes you wonder.