Jim Osborne was born in Sylvania, Georgia, and went to Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He went to Southern University and was a stand-out at defensive tackle at a school that was loaded with NFL prospects at the time. Osborne was a 6-foot-3 250 pound defensive tackle. He played for the Bears from 1972-1984. He was the only Bears lineman to play on the line in front of Dick Butkus and then Mike Singletary. He retired before the Bears championship season, but he has said it was time–young tackles Steve McMichael and Dan Hampton were just getting started. When Richard Dent set a new Bears sack record, it was Jim Osborne’s he was breaking. Osborne was an elite pass rusher for his time. Osborne was a Brian Piccolo Award recipient in 1972. He was named on the 100 Greatest Bears of All Time list.

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