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Jay Walter Hilgenberg (born March 21, 1959) is a former American football player in the NFL. He played center for the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1993.

Jay Hilgenberg
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Personal information
Born: (1959-03-21) March 21, 1959 (age 60)
Iowa City, Iowa
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:188
Games started:152
Fumble recoveries:4
Player stats at

He is the son of All-American University of Iowa center Jerry Hilgenberg and nephew of Minnesota Vikings linebacker Wally Hilgenberg.[1] His brother Joel Hilgenberg played center for the New Orleans Saints, and the brothers were teammates in 1993 for the Saints.

Football careerEdit

Hilgenberg attended the University of Iowa in the late 1970s.[2] 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.

He has been a nominee for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[3][4][5] Hilgenberg is currently a game analyst for WBBM-AM Radio in Chicago and the Bears Radio Network.


  1. ^ BOSHART, ROD. "Brothers Jay Hilgenberg of the Chicago Bears and Joel..." UPI.
  2. ^ "Hilgenberg, Kittle together again as Hawkeyes - Iowa Official Athletic Site". October 5, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  3. ^ Chicago Bears Ring of Honor © 2009. "Jay Hilgenberg, Chicago Bears Ring of Honor". Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Dent, Hilgenberg Deserve Hall Passes". Bleacher Report. August 10, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  5. ^ Larry Mayer. "Write Now Blog | Ex-Bears among Hall of Fame nominees". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2012.