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NFL legends head to Crystal Lake for Football Legends Live!

With a new NFL season right around the corner, Pro Football Weekly will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend with Football Legends Live!

The star-studded event will honor Pro Football Weekly’s “Team for the Ages” and “Bears Team for the Ages” with a panel of NFL experts and Hall of Famers from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the program set for 8 p.m. One-of-a-kind sports memorabilia and exciting trips will be available in the silent auction supporting Special Olympics before the beginning of the event.

The night will include a two-hour live program with Hall of Famers Brian Urlacher, “Mean” Joe Greene, Lawrence Taylor, Anthony Munoz, Randy White and Dan Hampton along with emcees Pat Boyle, Dave Kaplan and Pro Football Weekly’s very own Hub Arkush.

Former Chicago Bears players will also be on hand to celebrate.

Tickets can be bought online at https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50.

Lawrence Taylor

Position: Linebacker

Team: New York Giants (1981-1993)

About Taylor: A three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Taylor is often credited with revolutionizing the linebacker position. Taylor was the most feared pass rusher of the 1980s and helped the Giants to Super Bowl titles in 1986 and 1990. He was a 10-time Pro Bowler and was named a first-team All-Pro eight times.

“Mean” Joe Greene

Position: Defensive tackle

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers (1969-1981)

About Greene: One of only two players to have his number retired by the Steelers, Greene helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls between 1974 and 1979 as the anchor to the team’s infamous “Steel Curtain.” Greene was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 and 1974, a 10-time Pro Bowler and was named a first-team All-Pro five times.

Dan Hampton

Position: Defensive tackle/defensive end

Team: Chicago Bears (1979-1990)

About Hampton: One of the most recognizable faces from the 1980s’ Monsters of the Midway, Hampton earned the moniker “Danimal” for his ferocious play on the team’s defensive line. Hampton helped the Bears win the Super Bowl in 1985. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and was also named a first-team All-Pro four times.

Anthony Muñoz

Position: Offensive tackle

Team: Cincinnati Bengals (1980-1992)

About Muñoz: If you were a defensive end lined up against Muñoz, you were typically in for a long Sunday. An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, Muñoz is widely considered one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. He was named a first-team All-Pro nine times and played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII.

Brian Urlacher

Position: Linebacker

Team: Chicago Bears (2000-2012)

About Urlacher: The Bears knew they had a special player almost immediately after selecting Urlacher ninth overall in the 2000 NFL draft. Urlacher was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000 and earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2005. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and a four-time first-team All-Pro.

Randy White

Position: Defensive tackle/linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys (1975-1988)

About White: After being taken second overall in the 1975 NFL draft, White didn’t even crack the starting lineup in his first two seasons. He made the switch from linebacker to defensive tackle in 1977, and from there, White made nine Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All-Pro nine times.

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