Dave Duerson, a former Chicago Bears Safety, has been found dead in his home. He was part of the legendary 1985Â Super Bowl Shuffle team under Mike Ditka.
The Bears' safety was selected in the 3rd round of the '83 NFL draft. By all accounts, the choice for the franchise to bring him in was a no-brainer, as evidenced by his All-American legacy at Notre Dame, according toÂ ESPN.
As a starter for the 1985 Chicago Bears squad, he would become a member of the Super Bowl Shuffle team, at the time known for itsÂ Steel-Curtain-like defense.
The team's Hall-of Fame like performance drove them to a 15-1 season. They would go on to decimate the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. It was classic NFL.
Dave Duerson - His Chicago Bears Days
The former safety was chosen to four straight Pro Bowls between '86 and '89! When many players wait all their careers just to be chosen to one Pro Bowl, having gone to four is unprecedented.
He was a key player in leading the Bears to a lot of key victories down the stretch, and many players feared theÂ formidable player. Duerson finished 1986 with seven sacks and six interceptions alone.
Dave Duerson - Post Chicago Bears Days
The legendary safety parted company with the Super Bowl Shuffle team after the '89 season. He went on to the New York Giant where they would win the Super Bowl in 1990.
Dave Duerson would give professional football three more seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before calling it quits at 33 years old.
He then went into business for himself as an entrepreneur. He was the owner and founder of Fair Oaks Sausage, a wholesaler of fine meats to restaurants. That business was sold in 2002.
There is no cause of death reported forÂ Dave Duerson at this time. He was 51.
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