Formerdefensive end John Thierry has died at 46, the team announced Saturday.
"The Chicago Bears offer their deepest condolences on the passing of former linebacker John Thierry," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to John and his family."
Thierry played the first five years of his nine-year career with the Bears after being drafted 11th overall in 1994 out of Alcorn State. He had his best season with thein 1999, when he had seven sacks and 33 tackles as a defensive end and linebacker.
He also played for theand before retiring after the 2002 season.