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Bears Issue Statement on Passing of Former QB Bob Avellini


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Vince Carbonneau
May 5, 2024  (3:01 PM)
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The Chicago Bears Mourn the Passing of Former Quarterback Bob Avellini

In a somber statement released on Sunday, the Chicago Bears expressed their condolences following the passing of former quarterback Bob Avellini. Describing him as a unique and tenacious competitor, the Bears reminisced on Avellini's pivotal role in leading the team to its first postseason appearance in fourteen years during the remarkable 1977 season.
Selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 1975 draft, Avellini quickly rose to prominence, taking over as the team's starter in the latter part of his rookie year. Over the next three seasons, he solidified his position as the starting quarterback, steering the team through 14 games each season and notably guiding them to a Wild Card game against the eventual Super Bowl champion Cowboys in 1977, marking the Bears' first playoff appearance since their NFL Championship victory in 1963.
Throughout his nine-season tenure with the Bears, Avellini made his mark on the franchise, appearing in a total of 73 games, with 50 starts. His statistical legacy includes 7,111 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and 69 interceptions, alongside five rushing touchdowns.
Bob Avellini's passing at the age of 70 leaves a void in the Bears community, but his legacy as a dedicated athlete and integral part of the team's history will endure.
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