Many Chicago Bears players made tremendous contributions to football and society. Danny Fortmann was one of those. Fortmann was born in Pearl River New York and he attended Pearl River High School. No slouch, he played many sports in is high school and was his class’s valedictorian. He attended Colgate University and played guard there where he also excelled scholastically. The Bears’ 9th pick in the first draft in  1936, Fortmann attended the University of Chicago Medical School while in his early pro seasons and then practiced medicine in his later ones. He played from 1936-1943. He was a solid leader on the Bears 1940, 1941, and 1943 Championship teams. Fortmann received high marks for his work on the offensive line where he was a proficient blocker. On defense, his intelligence came through as he was renown for his ability to diagnose plays. At 6-foot and 210 pounds he was small but determined. An All-Pro 5 times and invited to the Pro Bowl in 3 seasons.  He lived a full life practicing medicine at the highest level and helping out in sports for various organizations.  He was a life-long loyal friend of  “Papa Bear” George Halas.

Fortmann served in the Navy during World War II as a medical doctor.

Fortmann was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1965. He was named to the 100 Greatest Bears of All Time list.

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