Roquan Smith Will Wear the Same Number as One of the Bears All-Time Great Linebackers

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Roquan Smith Will Wear the Same Number as One of the Bears All-Time Great Linebackers

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The Chicago Bears revealed the uniform numbers for the rookie draft picks, and of course one stands out above the rest – and not just because it belongs to the team’s first-round selection, either.

Roquan Smith will wear No. 58 for the Bears in 2018, and that number carries a particular significance for long-time Bears fans.

Wilber Marshall’s career with the Bears was short, but impactful. Marshall was a key member of the Super Bowl XX championship team, picking up 78 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles, and four interceptions. His final two years in Chicago were nothing short of superb. Marshall made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 1986 and 1987, and was named a first-team All-Pro after a 1986 campaign in which he came away with 105 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five interceptions (including a pick-six), four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries (including a scoop-and-score).

And he did it all while wearing No. 58 after being the Bears’ first-round pick (11th overall) in the 1984 draft.

Our good friend @torqpenderloin shared some awesome Marshall highlights, which we would like to share with you:

And here are some more for good measure:

I suppose the other most notable number handed out to a Bears rookie draft pick is the No. 17 that wide receiver Anthony Miller will wear, which once belonged to Alshon Jeffery. I feel as if we’ve shared enough Jeffery highlights in the last year to let one post go without rehashing old feelings.

Here is a complete look at the new digits the Bears’ newest players will be sporting in 2018.


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.