How bad have Chicago's pass catchers been? Since the 1970 NFL merger the Bears have averaged 186.9 receiving yards per game, the fewest for any team, and have seen a player top the 1,000-yard mark only seven times, tied for the second fewest. Marcus Robinson joined that fraternity in 1999. Alas, he's also among these Bears who couldn't catch a break.
This is an article from the Nov. 12, 2012 issue
LSU All-America broke out in '91 (945 yards, six TDs) before breaking down two years later, severing the patellar tendons in both knees on the infamous turf at Philly's Veterans Stadium.
Undrafted free agent out of BC led Chicago in catches and yards in '91 and '92 but was forced to retire in '95, at 28, after multiple concussions and an illegal hit that led to seven stitches on his chin.
Eighth on the Bears' alltime receptions list, he was considered kaput after tearing his right ACL in '00. Instead, he played nine more seasons with the Chiefs and Seahawks, for whom he had six catches in Super Bowl XL.
Former bench warmer's team-record 1,400 yards in '99 gave a glimmer of hope in a 6--10 season. But back and knee injuries made that one season an anomaly; he never again topped 750 yards.
File Terrell's troubles under self-inflicted. Drafted eighth overall in '01, he repaid the Bears with 128 receptions for 1,602 yards over four desultory seasons. Among the WRs Chicago passed on in that draft: Steve Smith, Chad Johnson and Reggie Wayne.
He gave Chicago a second Pro Bowl return man with field-stretching receiver's speed, after Devin Hester—until he suffered a serious spinal injury last year. He's on the Bears' PUP list and will become a free agent after the season.