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2017 Honoree
Gary Fencik 1976

Born in Chicago, Gary Fencik attended Barrington High School, and then went on to major in history at Yale, graduating in 1976. After being drafted by the Miami Dolphins and injured in their training camp, Gary commenced a twelve year career with his hometown team, the Chicago Bears, earning All-Pro honors and a Super Bowl ring. In 1986 he received an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School, and he has enjoyed a long and successful career with Adams Street Partners, where he is Partner and Head of Business Development.

Gary's accomplishments as a Yale football player are numerous. He starred as a sophomore in a stunning upset of a first-place Harvard team, breaking the game open on a 35 yard touchdown reception. In 1974, he set an all-time Yale record with 11 catches for 187 yards in the Harvard game, on a Yale team that finished as Ivy-co champs. In 1975 he set a Yale record that stood for more than 35 years when he scored against Princeton on a 97 yard touchdown in a Yale victory in Palmer Stadium. He finished his college career as Yale's all-time leading receiver with 86 catches in 3 years, averaging 16.7 yards a catch.

In his pro career, Gary established many records, becoming the Bears' all-time leader in interceptions and 4th all-time in total tackles for the Bears behind Urlacher, Briggs, and Singletary. He was the team's defensive captain through the 1980's, including the 1985-86 Super Bowl championship season, teaming with Doug Plank as the Bears' "hit men." He made Pro Bowl appearances in 1980 and 1981 and was voted All-Pro several times. He received a Gold Record and a platinum video award for his role in the Bears' famous 1985 Super Bowl Shuffle.

Following his NFL career, Gary stayed active in football, serving as a color commentator on WGN's radio broadcasts of Bear games, and also pairing as a CBS commentator with James Brown. He utilized his business degree in positions with Wells Fargo and UBS and in 2001, joined in the formation of Adams Street Partners, a global private markets firm with $30 billion in assets under management.

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