The pantheon of Bears linebackers is an incredibly impressive one, highlighted by a Mount Rushmore comprised of Hall of Famers Bill George, Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher.
But that only provides extra incentive for veteran inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, who enters his fourth season with the Bears driven to join the franchise’s all-time greats at the position.
I want to be remembered, Trevathan said Friday during a video call with the media. Legacy lives on forever. You always want to leave behind something that can be remembered of yourself. This is such a great tradition of linebackers the Bears have. I want to be up there. And to do that, I have to make plays.
Trevathan has made plenty of plays since signing with the Bears in 2016, one year after winning the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. In four years in Chicago, he has appeared in 46 games with 45 starts and recorded 327 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions, 15 tackles-for-loss, 16 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Trevathan signed a three-year contract extension in March because he feels the Bears are capable of winning a championship, an accomplishment that no doubt would cement his legacy in the City of Big Shoulders.
A Super Bowl would definitely put a stamp on that, Trevathan said. You’ve got to have a great team, man. I feel like we’re in the right situation … I feel like we’re so close right now and to do that would add to that legacy. Just to do that, it would be a dream of mine.
Trevathan was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2018 when he helped the Bears win the NFC North title with a 12-4 record. Starting all 16 games, he compiled 102 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and a career-high eight tackles-for-loss. Last year the 6-foot, 237-pounder was leading the Bears with 70 tackles when he sustained a season-ending elbow injury in a Week 10 win over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.