And 89 was the baddest limited end on the planet, the first modern pass-catcher at the position.
Upon Monday, the Bears will assure no one ever will wear the number — the last time the group plans to take a number out of flow.
George Halas produced him the first tight end to become split out wide.
As a rookie, he averaged nineteen. 2 yards per catch. That might be third-best among qualified players this year, one of the pass-happiest in NFL background, and more than Calvin Johnson provides ever averaged in a season.