Former Bears star Dan Hampton arrested in Indiana

Hampton, the former Bears defensive lineman who became a Pro Football Hall of Famer, was arrested last Saturday on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Winfield, Indiana, the Lake County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday.

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Former Chicago Bears and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Dam Hampton, addresses the crowd during the unveiling of the George Halas and Walter Payton statues in 2019 at Soldier Field.

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​​Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton, who played for the Bears in 1979-90, was arrested last Saturday on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Winfield, Indiana, the Lake County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday.

Police arrested Hampton at 11:59 p.m. last Saturday. He was bonded out of jail after bail was set at $25,000.

Hampton had 82 sacks and earned four Pro Bowl nods and one All-Pro honor during his time with the Bears. He was a member of their Super Bowl championship team after the 1985 season and was voted to the Hall in 2002.

Hampton, 64, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Arkansas in 2002, just five days before the Hall vote. He later was sentenced to a week in jail, according to CNN.

Hampton was an All-American at Arkansas before the Bears drafted him in the first round in 1979. When he retired in 1990, he was only the second player in Bears history to appear in parts of three three decades with them.

One of the most famous Bears from their most well-known team, Hampton hosts a postgame radio show with Ed O’Bradovich on WGN-AM (720). 

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