- 7× Pro Bowl selection (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)
- 7× All-Pro selection (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)
Hilgenberg attended the University of Iowa in the late 1970s. He started in the NFL's Pro Bowl seven times. He was a member of the winning team in Super Bowl XX as a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears as well as their Division Champion teams from 1984–88 and 1990.
- "Hilgenberg, Kittle together again as Hawkeyes - Iowa Official Athletic Site". Hawkeyesports.com. 2009-10-05. http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/100509aab.html. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
- BearsHistory.com Chicago Bears Ring of Honor © 2009. "Jay Hilgenberg, BearsHistory.com Chicago Bears Ring of Honor". Bearshistory.com. http://www.bearshistory.com/bearsringofhonor/jayhilgenberg.aspx. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
- "Dent, Hilgenberg Deserve Hall Passes". Bleacher Report. 2009-08-10. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/233463-dent-hilgenberg-deserve-to-have-hall-of-a-time. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
- Larry Mayer. "Write Now Blog | Ex-Bears among Hall of Fame nominees". Blog.chicagobears.com. http://blog.chicagobears.com/2012/09/27/ex-bears-among-hall-of-fame-nominees/. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
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|Date of birth||March 21, 1959|
|Place of birth||Iowa City, Iowa|
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