Mark Bortz

Mark Bortz
No. 62
Position: Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-02-12) February 12, 1961
Place of birth: Pardeeville, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 282 lb (128 kg)
Career information
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
Player stats at PFR

Mark Steven Bortz (born February 12, 1961) is a former offensive guard in the National Football League. He attended the University of Iowa and was drafted by the Bears in 1983 for the Chicago Bears and played there until 1994.[1]

Professional career

The Bears' 1983 draft class is regarded as one of the best of 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, 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 Chicago 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]


  1. Mark Bortz   (2012-12-31). "Mark Bortz, G at". Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  2. "Chicago Bears Insider: Another Draft Like1983?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  3. Hamel, Don (2011-04-27). "Top Five: Best NFL Draft Years For The Chicago Bears - SB Nation Chicago". Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  4. Taylor, Roy. "1985 Chicago Bears". Retrieved 2013-03-07.
  5. Mayer, Larry (2013-03-07). "Bortz loses downstate home to fire". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-03-07.

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