Lost amid helmet hysteria Tuesday was the second part of our Flash Point exercise, an effort to determine the most significant moment in each NFC North team's franchise history. In a video we added post-publication, ESPN's Mike Golic offered an alternative consideration for the Chicago Bears.
You chose the moment the Bears hired Buddy Ryan, architect of the 46 defense that led the team to a dominant 1985 season and ultimately victory in Super Bowl XX. I didn't disagree. Golic, on the other hand, suggested a moment we never discussed.
In the 1965, the Chicago Bears had three first-round draft picks. Their first choice: Linebacker Dick Butkus. Their second: Running back Gale Sayers.
Two Hall of Fame players chosen in the first round of one draft? Pretty impressive. I'll let you argue their franchise-wide impact among yourselves, noting the Bears were in the midst of a 14-year playoff drought at the time.