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Former Chicago Bears linebacker Joe Fortunato has passed away at the age of 87 in Mississippi.

Fortunato played for the Bears for 12 years from 1955-1966, and he made the Pro Bowl five times during that span. He was First-team All-Pro in 1963, 1964 and 1965, and he helped lead the Bears to an NFL championship in 1963.

He was named to the 1950s NFL All-Decade Team. Fortunato intercepted 16 passes during his career, and he returned one of those for a touchdown. He also recovered 22 fumbles during his career.

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Fortunato attended Mississippi State, and he was drafted in the seventh round of the 1952 NFL Draft.

Before playing in the NFL, Fortunato served in the military. He also was an assistant coach for the Bears in 1967 and 1968, serving as the defensive coordinator in 1968.

5-time Pro Bowler, former NFL champion has tragically passed away @ChicagoTribune/Twitter
Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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