Mark Bortz

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Mark Bortz
No. 62
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: (1961-02-12) February 12, 1961 (age 61)
Pardeeville, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:282 lb (128 kg)
Career information
High school: Pardeeville (WI)
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 1983  / Round: 8 / Pick: 219
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:171
Games Started:155
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Mark Steven Bortz (born February 12, 1961) is a former guard in the National Football League. He attended the University of Iowa and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1983. [1]

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Professional career

The Bears' 1983 draft class is regarded as one of the best all-time; providing 7 starters, including 3 for the offensive line - Bortz, fellow guard Tom Thayer, and tackle Jim Covert. [2] [3] When interviewed about the draft class for nfl.com, Coach Mike Ditka stated that Bortz was a converted defensive player, with great feet, and he formed part of a solid offensive line.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Bortz won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears. [4] He also holds the record for most playoff appearances by a Bear with 13.

Personal life

On March 7, 2013, a two-story house belonging to Bortz in Liberty, Illinois burned down. Firefighters had attempted to save the house, but the house was fully engulfed in flames by arrival. [5]

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References

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  2. "Chicago Bears Insider: Another Draft Like1983?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
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  5. Mayer, Larry (March 7, 2013). "Bortz loses downstate home to fire". Chicago Bears . Retrieved March 7, 2013.