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Doug Buffone, a former Bears linebacker who made a seamless transition from a prominent football career to a successful second life as a popular Chicago sports radio personality and businessman, was found dead in his Chicago home Monday, according to police. He was 70.
Paramedics were called to Buffone’s home in the 1200 block of West Lexington Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to police and fire officials. He died of natural causes, they said.
Buffone played 14 seasons for the Bears — tied for second most in franchise history — making 1,257 tackles and surpassing the 100-tackle mark in seven seasons.
He was selected in the fourth round of the 1966 NFL draft out of Louisville. Buffone retired after the 1979 season with 24 career interceptions to lead all Bears linebackers. The first two interceptions of his career came off future Hall of Famers Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas…
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Images of former Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone through the years. Buffone, who became a lovable fixture on the Chicago sports scene long after playing 15 seasons in the NFL, has been found dead in his Chicago home, according to police.He was 70.Buffone played for the Bears from 1966 to 1979, and he was a captain for eight of those seasons. During his Bears career, he had more than 1,200 tackles. He also had 24 career interceptions.His association with the Bears covered a broad spectrum, from being coached by George Halas to playing with some of the greatest Bears players from Dick Butkus to Gale Sayers to Walter Payton.