Colorful monster of a defensive end played for Cleveland
Browns, Bears and New Orleans Saints. 1955 trade brought the 6'8" Atkins to
Chicago. Was almost as legendary off the field as on it with his stories of
drinking and carousing with his teammates. Eight-time pro bowler and three-time
all-NFL player. "There never was a better defensive end," said George Halas
after Atkins' retirement, following his demand to be traded there in 1967.
Elected to the
Pro Football Hall of Fame