Originally a Bears’ fourth-round draft pick in 1983 after an All-America career at Notre Dame, Tom Thayer played for two-plus seasons with the USFL’s Chicago Blitz and Arizona Wranglers before joining the Bears.
One of the team’s strongest players, Thayer earned his starting role at right guard four games into the 1985 season and eventually compiled consecutive game and consecutive start streaks that led the Bears during the late 1980s.
Thayer left the Bears in 1992 after a distinguished eight-year career at offensive guard. He retired in 1993 after one season with the Miami Dolphins.
Before joining the Bears radio team in 1997, Thayer worked for two years as a Bears analyst on WFLD-TV’s pro football programming.
A former all-state lineman at Joliet Catholic High, Thayer resides in Chicago.
The Bears can’t go conservation if they want to win their first game, Tom Thayer says.
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WBBM Game Day Analyst Tom Thayers answers “What is there for the Bears to fear about the Seattle Seahawks?”