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Former Bear McRae passes away

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 29, 2012 – 12:24 pm

Former Bears cornerback Bennie McRae, who ranks fourth in franchise history with 27 interceptions, passed away on Thanksgiving Day in Columbia, Md., after a lengthy illness. He was 72.

McRae spent nine of his 10 NFL seasons with the Bears from 1962-70 after arriving as a second-round draft pick from Michigan. He was a key member of the 1963 NFL championship team and led the Bears in interceptions in 1964, 1967 and 1968.

According to his obituary in a Virginia newspaper, McRae is survived by his wife, Suzanne A. McRae; children, Kellan McRae-Johnson, Robby Harris, Ronnell McRae-Scott, Tony McRae, Bennie McRae and Danielle Burroughs; 15 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

McRae’s funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple (3100 Butternut Drive) in Hampton, Va. The family is requesting donations be made to the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple Youth Center Building Fund in lieu of flowers.

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