Former Bears QB Bob Avellini dies

Former Bears defensive end Bob Avellini died Saturday at the age of 70.

A sixth-round draft pick out of Maryland in 1975, Avellini played 10 seasons with the Bears, appearing in 73 games and starting 50, passing for 7,111 yards and 33 touchdowns. He was drafted in the same draft as Walter Payton and spent his entire Bears career as a Hall of Fame running back.

Avellini started all 14 games in 1976 and 1977, and his first 12 in 1978. He set career highs with 11 touchdowns, 2,004 yards and a passer rating of 61.3 in 1977, helping the Bears reach the playoffs for the first time since winning the NFL championship in 1963. Started with 3 wins and 5 losses. The defining play of Avellini’s career came on November 13, 1977, when he threw a 37-yard pass to tight end Greg Latta with 0:03 left in the Bears’ 28-27 victory over the Chiefs at Soldier Field. It was about. “Bob was a unique, fierce and tough competitor,” the Bears said in a statement. “He is perhaps best remembered for leading the Bears on an incredible run in 1977 to their first playoff appearance in 14 years. We will miss him. ”

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