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Former Chicago Bears Punter Bob Parsons Has Died

The Bears’ punter from 1972 to 1983 has passed away.

Chicago Bears punter Bob Parsons passed away
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The Chicago Bears drafted Bob Parsons 117th overall in the fifth round of the 1972 NFL Draft. What they didn’t expect was he would only score four touchdowns in his career at that position. Parsons would serve as the Bears’ punter from 1972-1983. Late last week, Bob Parsons died unexpectedly at the age of 72.

Bob Parsons As A Chicago Bears Tight End

In 1975, Bob Parsons started ten games as a tight end for the Bears. He caught 13 passes for 184 yards and scored one touchdown. He’d scored once in each of his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears. But his lone score in 1975 would be the last of his career.

Parsons As A Punter

Parsons spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears and the majority of it was as their punter. He averaged just under 39 yards per punt. In 1981, he punted 114 times for a monstrous 4,531 yards. Both of which were the most of his career.

Considering the Bears finished 6-10 and fifth in the NFC Central Division in 1981 with the 27th ranked offense in points scored, it makes sense why Parsons was so busy.

This Sunday, July 17, a memorial will be held at Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory in Lake Zurich. More details can be found here.

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