Former Iowa star Mark Bortz, a starting offensive lineman for the 1985 Chicago Bears team that won Super Bowl XX, and his wife Liza of rural Liberty, Ill., lost their home and its contents in a major house fire about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The house was fully engulfed in flames when volunteer firefighters from the Liberty Fire Department arrived on the scene.
Drifting snow prevented firefighters from getting two fire engines to the scene. Both vehicles became stuck in the snow.
Bortz, who was an Associated Press honorable mention all-American as a Hawkeye at defensive tackle in the 1981 and 1982 seasons, was a fixture on the offensive line for the Bears for 12 seasons. He was a two-time NFL Pro Bowler.
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