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No. 40: Ed Sprinkle

Photograph By AP Photo

"The Claw" played 12 seasons for the Bears and was one of the most ferocious pass-rushers of his time. After joining the Bears in 1944, Sprinkle (No. 7 in the photo) played on offense and defense, catching 10 passes for 132 yards and three touchdowns in 1948. He switched exclusively to defense after a few seasons, harassing quarterbacks before the creation of the sack as an official statistic.