Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC North

Since it’s the off-season I thought I’d start a fun project involving NFL history. So I’m going to go division by division and post football card galleries (when available) featuring all NFL players who have had their jersey numbers retired by their teams. This week it’s the four squads of the NFC North — the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings.

Previous galleries: AFC EastNFC East, AFC North

Chicago Bears (13)

#3 — Bronko Nagurski

Bronko Nagurski 1935 National Chicle football card

#5 — George McAfee

George McAfee 1948 Leaf football card

#7 — George Halas

George Halas 1952 Bowman football card

I couldn’t find a card from Halas’s playing days, but how could I leave off Papa Bear?

#28 — Willie Galimore

Willie Galimore 1959 Topps football card

Galimore was killed in an automobile accident on July 27, 1964 in Rensselaer, Indiana at the age of 29 with teammate Bo Farrington.

#34 — Walter Payton

Walter Payton 1975 Topps football card

#40 — Gale Sayers

Gale Sayers 1971 Topps football card

#41 — Brian Piccolo

Brian Piccolo 1965 Topps football card

Piccolo died of cancer in 1970 at age 26, and was famously portrayed by James Caan in the made-for-TV movie Brian’s Song.

#42 — Sid Luckman

Sid Luckman 1948 Leaf football card

#51 — Dick Butkus

Dick Butkus 1974 Topps football card

#56 — Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt 1989 Goal Line football card

#61 — Bill George

Bill George 1960 Topps football card

#66 — Clyde “Bulldog” Turner

Clyde "Bulldog" Turner 1951 Bowman football card

#77 — Red Grange

Red Grange 2006 Donruss football card

Detroit Lions (6)

#7 — Dutch Clark

Dutch Clark 1935 National Chicle football card

#20 — Barry Sanders

Barry Sanders 1990 Pro Set football card

#22 — Bobby Layne

Bobby Layne 1954 Bowman football card

#37 — Doak Walker

Doak Walker 1951 Bowman football card

#56 — Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt 1959 Topps football card

#85 — Chuck Hughes

Hughes, who played in Philadelphia and Detroit, never saw much action at his wide receiver position — he caught a total of 15 passes in his pro career in fact. His number was retired because on October 24, 1971 he collapsed during a game against the Bears and died from a blood clot that completely cut the circulation to his heart. To date, Hughes is the only NFL player to die on the field during a game.

There are no football cards bearing Hughes’ likeness that I’m aware of. There are photos of the scene on the field after he collapsed, but I’m not really interested in sharing them. They’re out there if you want to look.

Green Bay Packers (5)

#3 — Tony Canadeo

Tony Canadeo 1951 Bowman football card

#14 — Don Hutson

Don Hutson Goal Line football card

#15 — Bart Starr

Bart Starr 1963 Topps football card

#66 — Ray Nitschke

Ray Nitschke 1963 Topps football card

#92 — Reggie White

Reggie White 1996 Pro Line football card

Minnesota Vikings (6)

#10 — Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton 1965 Philadelphia football card

#53 — Mick Tingelhoff

Mick Tingelhoff 1971 Topps football card

#70 — Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall 1977 Topps football card

#77 — Korey Stringer

Korey Stringer 1995 College Choice football card

Stringer died in August 2001 from complications brought on by heat stroke during the Vikings’ training camp in Mankato, Minnesota. He was 27.

#80 — Cris Carter

Cris Carter 1991 Pro Set football card

#88 — Alan Page

Alan Page 1972 Topps football card

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