69. Jay Hilgenberg

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69. Jay Hilgenberg
There were many stars of the Chicago Bears throughout the 1980’s and many were flashy and unforgettable.  Jay Hilgenberg was an unsung hero of that squad and an anchor of the Offensive Line.

For eleven seasons, Jay Hilgenberg played Center for Chicago.  On seven of those campaigns, Hilgenberg was named to the Pro Bowl and twice was a First Team All Pro.  His game really blossomed in the magical Super Bowl Season of 1985 and was there he became one of the most consistent centers for the duration of the decade.

Despite those seven consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, he was always in the shadow of much bigger stars in Chicago.  Still, his resume may warrant a look from the Hall in the future.

Should Jay Hilgenberg be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 76%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 1999
  • Position: Right Guard
  • Played For: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints
  • College: Indiana
  • Drafted: Undrafted in 1981
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (7) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 & 1991)
    First Team All Pro Selections (2) (1988 & 1989)
    Second Team All Pro Selections (2) (1986 & 1990)
    Super Bowl Rings (1) (Chicago Bears, Super Bowl XX)
  • Other Points of Note: None
  • Notable All Time Rankings: None
  • Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: Never

Should Jay Hilgenberg be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 76%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 6%
Last modified on Saturday, 26 October 2019 15:27

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0 #1 Chuck Peterson 2015-04-22 01:09
Seven years blocking for Walter Payton. 3rd best center of decade behind Dwight Stephenson and Mike Webster.
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