Gary Fencik was born in Chicago and attended Barrington High School and played basketball and football. He went to Yale University and played safety for the Bulldogs. He was drafted in 1976 in the 10th round by the Dolphins, was released and picked up by the Chicago Bears where he played from 1976-1987. He was an All Pro in 1976 and a 2-time Pro Bowler. Fencik at 6-foot-1, 194 pounds, was a hard-hitting safety whose Ivy League education was often used to characterize him in the media as well as contrast his intelligence with his rough playing style.  Fencik was a member of the Super Bowl Championship XX Bears Team of 1985.  He was named as one of the Top 100 Bears of All Time.  He had 38 interceptions and 13 fumble recoveries.  Fencik was one of the Bears who performed in the Super Bowl Shuffle video and recording that celebrated the 1985 Bears.  Fenick was audacious enough to appear on the cover of GQMagazine while still playing football with the likes of Dan Hampton and Steve McMichael. But Fencik’s story is like many athletes who were somehow inspired enough to work hard every day whether in front of a crowd at a game and on a cold or hot practice field.

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