Former Chicago Bears Linebacker Doug Buffone Dies at Age 70

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Former NFL Player Doug Buffone
Linebacker Doug Buffone spent his entire National Football League career with the Chicago Bears in 1966 to 1979, teaming with Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus for eight seasons. Buffone has died at the age of 70. Photographer: Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images

Doug Buffone, who played 14 seasons as a linebacker with the Chicago Bears, died Monday in his Chicago home, the National Football League team said. He was 70.

Buffone spent his entire NFL career with the Bears in 1966 to 1979, teaming with Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus for eight seasons.

His 24 career interceptions remain the most in Bears history among linebackers, the team said on its website. After retiring, he owned restaurants and worked as a football analyst for a Chicago radio station.

“Today is a sad day for Bears nation. We lost one of our greats. Doug Buffone will be missed,” Brian Urlacher, who played linebacker for the Bears in 2000-2012, said in a Twitter message.

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