Mark Bortz
Date of birth: (1961-02-12) February 12, 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth: Pardeeville, Wisconsin
Career information
Position(s): Offensive Guard
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 8
 As player:
1983-1994 Chicago Bears
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1988, 1990
Playing stats at

Mark Steven Bortz (born February 12, 1961 in Pardeeville, Wisconsin) was a 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 careerEdit

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 lifeEdit

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]


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