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Former Bears DT John Kreamcheck dies at 88

Updated: March 3, 2014 5:17PM

John Kreamcheck, a Bears defensive tackle for three seasons in the 1950s, died Tuesday, according to longtime friend Jim Riley. He was 88.

Kreamcheck played 36 games for the Bears from 1953 to 1955 before injuries cut short his career. He was a two-time All-American at William & Mary and was selected by the Bears in the eighth round of the 1953 NFL draft. The Bears were a combined 19-16-1 during Kreamcheck’s three seasons with the team.

Riley said Kreamcheck frequently spoke about the halftime tirades of Bears founder George Halas, but Riley said Kreamcheck was always fond of Halas.

After his football career ended, Kreamcheck, who lived in McHenry, joined the Chicago Police Department. He retired with the rank of sergeant, Riley said.

Kreacmcheck was a widower and had no children.

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