Gary played as free safety for twelve years with the Chicago Bears. He is their all-time leader in interceptions and total tackles. He was the team’s defensive captain through the 1980s including 1985 Super Bowl championship season. He made two Pro Bowl appearances (1980, 1981).
Fencik finished his career with 38 interceptions, which he returned for 488 yards and a touchdown. He also recorded 2 sacks and recovered 14 fumbles, returning them for 65 yards.
He played college football at Yale University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1976. In 1985, he received an MBA from Northwestern University.
Fencik along with Doug Plank were dubbed “The Hit Men”, a fact referenced by Fencik in 1985 The Super Bowl Shuffle. He was awarded a gold record and a platinum video award for The Super Bowl Shuffle. He was featured on the September 1986 cover of GQ Magazine.
He has worked as a sports commentator, mainly on WGN radio where he was a color commentator on Bears radio broadcasts from 1990-1993. During the 1988 NFL season he paired with James Brown as an NFL television commentator on CBS.
Following his football career, Fencik has worked in the finance industry. Fencik worked with Wells Fargo, Brinson Partners/UBS Global Asset Management and UBS O’Connor before joining Adams Street Partners in 1995. As Head of Business Development, Gary’s responsibilities focus on the development of institutional client and consultant relationships. He works with other members of the client service team to serve the needs of Adams Street Partners’ clients. He is also involved in prioritizing the strategic initiatives of the firm.