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2007 Chicago Bears season
Chicago Bears
Year founded: 1919
Helmet Logo
City Chicago, Illinois
Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway
Team colors Navy Blue and Orange
Head Coach Lovie Smith
Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey
Chairman Michael McCaskey
General manager Jerry Angelo
Fight song "Bear Down, Chicago Bears"
Mascot Staley Da Bear
League/Conference affiliations

Independent (1919)
National Football League (1920–present) Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... The 2007 Chicago Bears season will be the teams 88th regular season in the National Football League. ... See also: 1918 in sports, other events of 1919, 1920 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball The Black Sox scandal -- Seven members of the Chicago White Sox take bribes to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds The Florida State League is founded with teams... Image File history File links Chicago Bears helmet, citing fair use. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Group of men drilling in football helmets A football helmet is a protective device used primarily in American football and Canadian football which was created by Paul Brown. ... Image File history File links Municipal_Flag_of_Chicago. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Bill Swerskis Superfans was a recurring sketch on the American sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live. ... The Monsters of the Midway is most widely known as the nickname for the National Football Leagues Chicago Bears -- particularly the dominant teams of 1940 and 1941. ... Lovie Lee Smith (born May 8, 1958 in Gladewater, Texas) is the head coach of the Chicago Bears professional football team of the NFL. Smith narrowly became the first African American coach to lead a team to the Super Bowl only hours before Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts became... Virginia Halas McCaskey (born January 5, 1923) is the principal owner of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Jerry Angelo is the American football general manager for the NFLs Chicago Bears franchise since 2001. ... A fight song is primarily a sports term, referring to a song associated with a team. ... Bear Down, Chicago Bears is the fight song of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... The following is a list of mascots of National Football League teams: Categories: | ... Staley Da Bear is the official mascot of the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... NFL redirects here. ...

Team history
  • Decatur Staleys (1919–1920)
  • Chicago Staleys (1921)
  • Chicago Bears (1922–present)
Championships
League Championships (9)
Conference Championships (4)
  • NFL Western: 1956, 1963
  • NFC: 1985, 2006
Division Championships (17)
Home fields
Club Owner(s)
  • A.E. Staley Company (1919–1921)
Club President(s)
  • George Halas (1921–1953)

The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). They are currently the National Football Conference Champions, after winning the 2006 NFC Championship Game. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into NFC North. ... National Football Conference logo. ... The NFC Central refers to the Central Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... The NFC North refers to the Northern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... Throughout its history, the National Football League and other leagues have used several different formats to determine their league champion, including a period of interleague match-ups determining a true world champion. ... This is a list of National Football League champions prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship of the National Football League. ... The 1921 NFL season was the 2nd regular season of the National Football League (then called the American Professional Football Association). ... The 1932 NFL Playoff Game was the first ever playoff game held by the National Football League (NFL), the major professional American football sports league in the United States. ... The 1933 National Football League Championship game was held on December 17, 1933 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. ... The 1940 National Football League Championship Game, was played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. on December 8, 1940. ... The 1941 National Football League Championship game was the 9th annual championship game was held December 21, 1941, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. ... The 1943 National Football League Championship game was the 11th annual championship game was held December 26, 1943, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. ... The 1946 National Football League Championship Game, was played at the Polo Grounds in New York City on December 15, 1946. ... The 1963 National Football League Championship Game was played on December 29, 1963 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. ... // This is a list of Super Bowl champions, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship game of the National Football League. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1985 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XX. Because the Jets and Giants both used Giants Stadium as their home field, the two wild card playoff games were held on different days. ... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV... The 1956 NFL season was the 37th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1963 NFL season was the 44th regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1985 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XX. Because the Jets and Giants both used Giants Stadium as their home field, the two wild card playoff games were held on different days. ... The NFL playoffs following the 2006 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XLI. // at RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana Game time: 4:30 p. ... The 1933 NFL season was the 14th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1934 NFL season was the 15th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1937 NFL season was the 18th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1940 NFL season was the 21th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1941 NFL season was the 22nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1942 NFL season was the 23th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1943 NFL season was the 24th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1946 NFL season was the 27th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1988 NFL season was the 69th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Staley Field in Decatur, Illinois was the home of the Staley club of the American Professional Football Association in 1920, coached and managed by the young George Halas. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... Soldier Field is located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently home to the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... Memorial Stadium is a football stadium located in Champaign, Illinois, on the campus of the University of Illinois. ... Soldier Field is located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently home to the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... George Stanley Halas, Sr. ... Edward Sternaman (February 9, 1895 – February 1, 1973), better known as Dutch, was an American player, coach, and owner in professional football for the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ... Ted Phillips is the president and CEO of the NFLs Chicago Bears American football franchise since 1999. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... National Football Conference logo. ... NFL redirects here. ... This is a list of all the franchises that have won the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game. ... The NFL playoffs following the 2006 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XLI. // at RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana Game time: 4:30 p. ...


The Bears have won nine Professional American Football league championships (eight NFL Championships and Super Bowl XX), trailing only the Green Bay Packers, who have twelve. The Bears tie the Packers with the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with 26 members. The National Football League has used several different formats to determine their league champions since its founding in 1920. ... This is a list of National Football League champions prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship of the National Football League. ... “Packers” redirects here. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ...


The club was founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1919 and moved to Chicago in 1921. The team played home games at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side through the 1970 season. With the exception of the 2002 season, they have played their home games at Chicago's Soldier Field every year since 1971. The stadium is located next to Lake Michigan and was recently remodeled in a modernization intended to bring stadium amenities up-to-date while preserving a historic Chicago building. The team has a fierce, long-standing rivalry with the Packers, whom they have played in over 170 games. The Decatur Transfer House in the background with a newly completed fountain in the foreground. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... --67. ... One of the longest sports rivalries in American football has been between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, professional teams of the National Football League. ...


The team headquarters, Halas Hall, is actually located in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois. The team practices at adjoining practice facilities there during the season. Currently, the team holds its annual training camp from late July to mid-August on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Halas Hall is a building complex in Lake Forest, Illinois that serves as the Chicago Bears headquarters. ... Incorporated City in 1861. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... This article is about the university in Illinois. ... Bourbonnais was an historic province in the centre of France that corresponded to the modern département of Allier, along with part of the département of Cher. ...

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Franchise history

Further information: History of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bears seasons

This article details the elaborate history of the Chicago Bears American Football Club. ... This is a list of seasons completed by the Chicago Bears American Football Franchise. ...

1920–1970

Originally named the Decatur Staleys, the club was established by the A. E. Staley Company of Decatur, Illinois in 1919 as a company team. This was the typical start for several of the early professional football franchises. The company hired George Halas and Edward "Dutch" Sternaman in 1920 to run the team, and turned full control of the team over to them in 1921.[2] However, official team and league records cite Halas as the founder as he took over the team in 1920 when it became a charter member of the NFL.[3] A. E. Staley is a Decatur, Illinois based processor of corn and soybeans. ... The Decatur Transfer House in the background with a newly completed fountain in the foreground. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... George Stanley Halas, Sr. ... Edward Sternaman (February 9, 1895 – February 1, 1973), better known as Dutch, was an American player, coach, and owner in professional football for the NFLs Chicago Bears. ...


Along with the Arizona Cardinals (originally from Chicago themselves), the Bears are one of only two charter members of the NFL still in existence. The team relocated to Chicago in 1921, where the club was renamed the Chicago Staleys. Under an agreement that was reached by Halas and Sternaman with Staley, Halas purchased the rights to the club from Staley for US$100. City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... “USD” redirects here. ...


The Bears dominated the league in the early years. Their rivalry with the Cardinals, the oldest in the NFL (and a crosstown rivalry from 1920 to 1959), was key in four out of the first six league titles (see History of the Chicago Bears). During the league's first six years, the Bears lost twice to the Canton Bulldogs (who took two league titles over that span) and split with their crosstown rival Cardinals (going 4–4–2 against each other over that span), but no other team in the league defeated the Bears more than a single time. Over that span, the Bears posted an incredible 34 shutouts. This article details the elaborate history of the Chicago Bears American Football Club. ... The Canton Bulldogs played in Canton, Ohio in the National Football League from 1920 - 1923 and 1925 - 1926. ...


The Bears' rivalry with the Green Bay Packers is one of the oldest, fiercest and most storied in American professional sports, dating back to 1921. In one infamous incident that year, Halas got the Packers expelled from the league in order to prevent them from signing a particular player, and then graciously got them re-admitted after the Bears had closed the deal with that player.[4]


In 1922, Halas changed the team name from the Staleys to the Bears. The team moved into Wrigley Field, which was home to the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise. As with several early NFL franchises, the Bears derived their nickname from their city's baseball team. Halas liked the bright orange-and-blue colors of his alma mater, the University of Illinois, and the Bears adopted those colors as their own, albeit in a darker shade of each (the blue is a Navy Blue, and the orange is Pantone 1665, similar to burnt orange). Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... This article is about the sport. ... A Corner of Main Quad The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ... For the record label, see Pantone Music. ...

The 1924 team photo

The franchise was an early success under Halas, capturing the NFL Championship in 1921 and remaining competitive throughout the decade. In 1924 the Bears claimed the Championship after defeating the Cleveland Bulldogs on December 7, even putting the title "World's Champions" on their 1924 team photo. But the NFL had ruled that games after November 30 did not count towards league standings, and the Bears had to settle for second place behind Cleveland.[5] Their only losing season came in 1929. Image File history File links Bears_1924. ... Image File history File links Bears_1924. ... The 1921 NFL season was the 2nd regular season of the National Football League (then called the American Professional Football Association). ... The Cleveland Bulldogs was a team that played in Cleveland, Ohio in the National Football League. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1929 NFL season was the 10th regular season of the National Football League. ...


During the 1920s the club was responsible for triggering the NFL's long-standing rule that a player could not be signed until his college's senior class had graduated. The NFL took that action as a consequence of the Bears' aggressive signing of famous University of Illinois player Red Grange within a day of his final game as a collegian.[6] Harold (Red) Edward Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991), was a professional and college American football player. ...


After the financial losses of the 1932 Championship season, Halas' partner Dutch Sternaman left the organization. Halas maintained full control of the Bears until his death in 1983. He also coached the team off-and-on for forty seasons, an NFL record. In the 1932 "Unofficial" NFL Championship, the Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans in the first indoor American football game at Chicago Stadium. The 1932 NFL season was the 13th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1932 NFL Playoff Game was the first ever playoff game held by the National Football League (NFL), the major professional American football sports league in the United States. ... The Detroit Lions are a National Football League team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Chicago Stadium was a famed and historic indoor sports arena in Chicago, Illinois. ...


The success of the playoff game led the NFL to institute a championship game. In the very first NFL Championship, the Bears played against the New York Giants, defeating them 23–21. The teams met again in the 1934 NFL Championship where the Giants, wearing sneakers[7] defeated the Bears 30–13 on a cold, icy day at the Polo Grounds. Throughout its history, the National Football League and other leagues have used several different formats to determine their league champion, including a period of interleague match-ups determining a true world champion. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The 1934 NFL Championship Game, also known as The Sneakers Game, was played at the Polo Grounds in New York City on December 9, 1934. ... The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in Manhattan, New York City used by baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in their...

The 1946 NFL Championship team photo
The 1946 NFL Championship team photo

From 1940–1947, quarterback Sid Luckman led the Bears to victories in four out of the five NFL Championship Games in which they appeared. The team acquired the University of Chicago's discarded nickname "Monsters of the Midway" and their now-famous helmet "C", as well as a newly-penned theme song that declared them "The Pride and Joy of Illinois". One famous victory during that period was their 73–0 victory over the favored Washington Redskins at Griffith Stadium in the 1940 NFL Championship Game; the score is still an NFL record for lopsided results.[8] The secret behind the one-sided outcome was the introduction of a new offensive formation by Halas. The T-formation, as Halas named it, involved two running backs instead of the traditional one in the backfield. Luckman's success at the quarterback position for the Bears has not been matched, as he still holds club records for passing.[9] Image File history File links 1946Bears. ... Image File history File links 1946Bears. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Sid Luckman (November 21, 1916 - July 5, 1998) was an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1939 to 1950 leading the team to 4 NFL championships during that period. ... The University of Chicago is a private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. ... The Monsters of the Midway is most widely known as the nickname for the National Football Leagues Chicago Bears -- particularly the dominant teams of 1940 and 1941. ... Bear Down, Chicago Bears is the fight song of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... Griffith Stadium was a sports stadium that stood in Washington, D.C. from 1911 to 1965, at the corner of Georgia Avenue and W Street, NW. An earlier wooden baseball park had stood on the site, built in 1891. ... The 1940 National Football League Championship Game, was played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. on December 8, 1940. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ...


After declining throughout the 1950s, the team rebounded in 1963 to capture their 8th NFL Championship, which would be their last until 1985. The late 1960s and early 1970s produced notable players like Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, and Brian Piccolo, who died of Embryonal carcinoma in 1970. The American television network ABC aired a movie about Piccolo in 1971 entitled Brian's Song, starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams in the roles of Piccolo and Sayers respectively; Jack Warden won an Emmy Award for his performance as Halas. The movie was later released for theater screenings after first being shown on television. The 1963 NFL season was the 44th regular season of the National Football League. ... Dick Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is a former American football player and actor. ... Gale Eugene Sayers (born May 30, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas), also known as The Kansas Comet, was a professional football player in the National Football League who spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears. ... Louis Brian Piccolo (October 31, 1943 – June 16, 1970) was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears for four seasons. ... The embryonal carcinoma is one of the four types of testicular cancers, which also include the seminoma, teratoma, and choriocarcinoma. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Dannys Song Two Scene 1, Dannys House* Dannys Mom (watching Dannys song):UMAHHHSHS Movie, WHERES MY JACK DANIELS Dannys Dad:Here it is Dannys Mom:Get outta here fanboy Me:Tell em steve dave Dannys Mom:Im gonna go see dannys o umaaaahhhhhhh... James Langston Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... Billy Dee Williams (born April 6, 1937) is an American actor who for a period in the 1970s rivaled Sidney Poitier as the most popular black actor in American film. ... Jack Warden (September 18, 1920 – July 19, 2006) was an American actor. ... An Emmy Award. ...


Halas retired as coach in 1967 and spent the rest of his days in the front office. He became the only person to be involved with the NFL throughout the first 60 years of its existence. He was also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's first induction class in 1963. As the only living founder of the NFL at the February 1970 merger between the NFL and the American Football League, the owners honored Halas by electing him the first President of the National Football Conference, a position that he held until his death in 1983. In his honor, the NFL named the National Football Conference Championship trophy as the George Halas Memorial Trophy. The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ... National Football Conference logo. ... National Football Conference logo. ... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ...


1970–present

After the merger, the Bears finished the 1970 season with a last-place finish in the division, a repeat of their placing in the 1969 season. In 1975 the Bears drafted Walter Payton from Jackson State University with their first pick, and he made an immediate impact on the football landscape. He won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in the 1977–78 season.[10][11] Payton would go on to eclipse Jim Brown's NFL career rushing record in 1984 before retiring in 1987, and would hold the mark until 2002, when Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys surpassed it.[12] Payton's career and great personality would capture the hearts of Bear fans, who called him "Sweetness". He died from a rare liver cancer in 1999 at the age of 45. The 1975 NFL Draft Round 1 Categories: | | ... Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) Was an American football player, who spent his entire professional career playing for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press,[1] to the player who is considered most valuable in the league. ... The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... Jim Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor and social activist. ... In American football, rushing has two different meanings. ... The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960...


From 1977 through 1985 the club's official cheerleaders were the Honey Bears, who were hired by then General Manager Jim Finks. They cheered at Soldier Field during all Bears home games and performed at halftime for the viewing public. The group's founder and choreographer, Cathy Core, was contacted by Finks on the topic of organizing the cheerleading squad, but as she didn't believe that Finks was actually calling she hung up. When she later found out the call was genuine, she apologized.[13] Jim Finks (August 31, 1927 - May 8, 1994) was an American sports executive primarily for American football. ... A halftime show is a performance given between the first and second halves or the 2nd and 3rd quarters of a sporting event. ...


The idea of a cheerleading squad was thought up by Halas himself, who called them "dancing girls".[13] Halas was quoted as saying that the Honey Bears would be around as long as he was alive.[13] After his death in 1983, his heirs in the McCaskey family decided to end their relationship with the Honey Bears, declining to renew their contract following the Bears' championship season of 1985. Word has it that as long as the McCaskey family owns the team, the Honey Bears will remain a memory.[13] The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ...


On November 1, 1983, a day after the death of George Halas, his oldest daughter, Virginia McCaskey, took over as the majority owner of the team. Her husband, Ed McCaskey, succeeded her father as the Chairman of the Board.[14] Their son Michael became the third president in team history.[15] Mrs. McCaskey holds the honorary title of "secretary of the board of directors", but the 82–year–old matriarch has been called the glue that holds the franchise together.[16] Mrs. McCaskey's reign as the owner of the Bears was not planned, as her father originally earmarked her brother, George "Mugs" Halas, Jr. as the heir apparent to the franchise. However, he died of a massive heart attack in 1979, and four years later she inherited the team upon George Halas' death. Her impact on the team is well-noted as her own family has dubbed her "The First Lady of Sports", and the Chicago Sun-Times has listed her as one of Chicago's most powerful women.[17] is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... ... George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ... The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. ...

The Chicago Bears Shuffling Crew

Mike Ditka, a tight end for the Bears from 1961 to 1966, was hired to coach the team in 1982. In the 1985 season the fire in the Bears–Packers rivalry was relit when Ditka used 350–plus pound lineman "Refrigerator" Perry as a truly "wide" receiver in a touchdown play at Lambeau Field, flagrantly taunting the Packers. The Bears won their ninth NFL Championship, first since the AFL-NFL merger, in Super Bowl XX after the 1985 season in which they dominated the NFL with their then-revolutionary 46 defense and a cast of characters that recorded the novelty rap song "The Super Bowl Shuffle". The season was notable in that the Bears had only one loss, the "unlucky 13th" game of the season, a Monday night affair in which they were defeated by the Miami Dolphins. At the time, much was made of the fact that the 1972 Dolphins are the only franchise in history (through the 2006 season) to have an undefeated season and post-season. The Dolphins came close to setting up a rematch in the Super Bowl, but lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC title game. "The Super Bowl Shuffle" was videotaped the day after that Monday night loss in Miami. Image File history File links Superbowlshuffle. ... Image File history File links Superbowlshuffle. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... William Refrigerator Perry (born December 16, 1962 in Aiken, South Carolina) is a former football player. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... For a landing Touchdown in aviation, see Touchdown (aviation) For the song by T.I. featuring Eminem, see Touchdown (song). ... Lambeau Field is an outdoor football stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the home of the NFLs Green Bay Packers. ... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Super Bowl Shuffle is a rap song recorded by members of the Chicago Bears football team prior to their appearance in Super Bowl XX. // Known as Chicago Bears Shufflin Crew, the performers included Sweetness Walter Payton, Punky QB Jim McMahon, and Samurai Mike Singletary. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... The AFC Championship Game is one of the two semi-final matches of the National Football League, the largest professional American football league in the United States. ...


After the 1985 Championship season, the Bears remained competitive throughout the 1980s but failed to return to the Super Bowl under Mike Ditka. Since the firing of Ditka at the end of the 1992 season, the Bears have only made the playoffs five times–winning only two games. The club has also gone through three coaching changes since 1993. Dave Wannstedt was the head coach from 1993 through 1998. Dick Jauron succeeded Wannstedt after the 1998 season. After having his contract extended through 2004 after the Bears went 13-3 in 2001, Jauron was fired at the end of the 2003 season. Before the Bears hired Jauron in January 1999, Dave McGinnis (Arizona's defensive coordinator, and a former Bears assistant under Ditka and Wannstedt) backed out of taking the head coaching position. The Bears scheduled a press conference to announce the hiring before McGinnis agreed to contract terms.[18] Incidentally, soon after Jauron's hiring, Mrs. McCaskey fired her son Michael as president, replacing him with Ted Phillips and promoting Michael to chairman of the board. McCaskey's reign as president has been viewed as a disaster with mishap after mishap.[19] Phillips, the current Bears president, became the first man outside of the Halas-McCaskey family to run the team.[20] The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Dave Wannstedt (b. ... Richard Manual Jauron (born October 7, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois) has been the head coach of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League since January 23, 2006. ... Dave McGinnis is a former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. ... Ted Phillips is the president and CEO of the NFLs Chicago Bears American football franchise since 1999. ... The phrase Chairman of the Board has several meanings: Chairman of the Board is the term used to denote the leader of a corporations board of directors. ...

Lovie Smith accomplished his first objective as the team's head coach by sweeping the Green Bay Packers during the 2005 season.

Lovie Smith, hired by the franchise on January 15, 2004, is the third and current (as of 2007) post-Ditka head coach. Joining the Bears as a rookie head coach, Smith brought the highly successful Tampa 2 defensive scheme with him to Chicago. Before his second season with the Bears, the team rehired their former offensive coordinator and then Illinois head coach Ron Turner to improve the Bears' struggling offense.[21] In 2005, the Bears won their division and reached the playoffs for the first time in four years. Their previous playoff berth was earned by winning the NFC Central in 2001. The Bears improved upon their success the following season, by clinching their second consecutive NFC North title during week thirteen of the 2006 season, winning their first playoff game since 1995, and earning a trip to Super Bowl XLI.[22] However, they fell short of the championship, losing 29-17 to the Indianapolis Colts. Following the 2006 season, the club decided to give Lovie Smith a contract extension through 2011, at roughly $5 million per year. This comes a season after being the lowest paid head coach in the National Football League.[23] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 141 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A shot from the Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers game during the 2005 Chicago Bears season. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 141 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A shot from the Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers game during the 2005 Chicago Bears season. ... The Chicago Bears began their 2005 NFL season in hopes of recovering from a previous 5-11 record. ... Lovie Lee Smith (born May 8, 1958 in Gladewater, Texas) is the head coach of the Chicago Bears professional football team of the NFL. Smith narrowly became the first African American coach to lead a team to the Super Bowl only hours before Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts became... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Tampa 2 is an American football defensive strategy popularized by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers National Football League (NFL) team in the 1990s-early 2000s. ... A Corner of Main Quad The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ... Ron Turner (born 1958 in California) is the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears since 2005. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... The National Football League playoffs following the 2005 regular season led up to Super Bowl XL, which was played in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, February 5, 2006. ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 6. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East...


The club has played in over a thousand games since becoming a charter member of the NFL in 1920. Through the 2006 season, they lead the NFL in overall franchise wins with 686 and have an overall record of 686–499–42 (going 670–482–42 during the regular season and 16–17 in the playoffs).[24] The 1920 NFL season was the first inaugural regular season of the National Football League. ...


Ownership

Virginia McCaskey, her children, and grandchildren control 80% of the team, and Mrs. McCaskey votes her children's stock as well as her own. Patrick Ryan, executive chairman of Aon Corp., and Aon director Andrew McKenna own 19.7% of the club.[25] Many Bears fans have expressed their displeasure with the McCaskey family. In a Crain's Chicago Business article, one businessman described his wishes for the team to maximize its potential. There have been rumors that the McCaskey family might split up over the team.[26] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Crain Communications Inc publishes a variety of trade newspapers. ...


As of 2006, Forbes magazine has reported that the Chicago Bears franchise is worth $945 million,[27] making it the tenth richest franchise in the NFL. The team has major sponsorship deals with Chase, Miller Brewing Company, Cadillac, Motorola, and Coca-Cola.[28] The team was the first in the NFL to have a presenting sponsor, with the 2004 season advertised as "Bears Football presented by BankOne (now Chase)". Additionally, the Bears have an agreement with WMAQ-TV (the NBC affiliate in Chicago) to broadcast pre-season football games.[29] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM TYO: 8634 ) is one of the oldest financial services firms in the world. ... Miller Brewing Company is the second largest American beermaker and is based in Milwaukee. ... For other uses, see Cadillac (disambiguation). ... Motorola Inc. ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bank One, based in Chicago, Illinois, was the sixth-largest bank in the United States. ... “WMAQ” redirects here. ... This article is about the television network. ...


Team colors and mascots

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Logo

The club has had few official logos throughout their history. The first was introduced in the early 1950s as a black bear on top of a football. The team kept this until 1962, when the Bears trademark 'C' logo was first introduced by the team.[30]

One of the original logos (1962–1973)
One of the original logos (1962–1973)

The change in their logo from the black bear was due to the addition of logos on helmets, which pro football teams started adding in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Unlike some NFL franchises that have had many different looks over time, the Bears have kept the wishbone 'C' for over 40 years. Image File history File links ChicagoBears1962. ... Image File history File links ChicagoBears1962. ... Group of men drilling in football helmets A football helmet is a protective device used primarily in American football and Canadian football which was created by Paul Brown. ...


In 1974, the team decided to keep the same white 'C' logo but to change the color of it from white to orange with a white trim. This is the current logo to this date; however, the club has experimented with some alternative logos throughout the past decade, including a black bear inside of the orange wishbone 'C', introduced in 1995, and an orange bear head, introduced in 1999.


Uniforms

For a gallery of all the uniform combinations worn by the 2007 club, see Uniform combinations.
The traditional home and away uniforms for the club

In 1920 the team introduced the official team uniforms containing brown and blue stripes. In the 1930s, the franchise's team uniform underwent some substantial alterations. After many subtle and not-so-subtle changes, by 1933 the Bears donned all-orange jerseys with navy numbers and matching black helmets. In 1936, they modified this design into "an early version of psychedelia" by adding three orange stripes to their helmets, changing the color of the jerseys from orange to white, complementing the new white jerseys with fourteen navy and orange alternating stripes on the sleeves, and introducing socks with a similar striped pattern extending from ankle to knee. Due to poor response from the fans and the media, this design lasted only one season.[31] The 2007 Chicago Bears season will be the teams 88th regular season in the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Chicago92. ... Image File history File links Chicago92. ... Santanas Abraxas (album) cover by Mati Klarwein Psychedelic art is art inspired by the psychedelic experience induced by drugs such as LSD, Mescaline, and Psilocybin. ...

Chicago Bears Uniform History (1920–2005)
Chicago Bears Uniform History (1920–2005)

By 1949, the team was wearing the familiar navy blue shirts with white, rounded numbers. In 1956, the team added "TV numbers" to the sleeves. The Bears 'C' logo first appeared on the helmets in 1962. The logo changed from white to a white-bordered orange logo eleven years later, and has remained unchanged ever since. The Bears added the initials GSH to the left sleeve of their jerseys in 1984 in memory of George Halas. Image File history File links NFLClock-Bears-Large. ... Image File history File links NFLClock-Bears-Large. ...


Other variations to the Bears uniforms over the years include the addition of navy blue pants as a part of the road kit in 1984. During the 1994 season, the Bears – with most of the other NFL franchises – introduced throwback uniforms to be worn in the honor of the NFL's 75th Anniversary. These uniforms with brown and blue stripes resemble the original uniforms worn by the team in the 1920s. On October 7, 2002 the Bears wore navy blue pants with their navy blue home jerseys for the first time, and lost at home to Green Bay before a national Monday Night Football audience. The Bears did not wear the all-blue combination again until the 2006 regular season finale against the Packers, also a loss, on December 31. Throwback uniforms are one-time or limited-time variations on a sports teams uniforms styled to resemble uniforms from that teams past. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Also, the Bears wore all-white uniforms during their final two road games in the 2006 season. On November 13, 2005 and October 29, 2006 (both times in games against the San Francisco 49ers), the Bears introduced an orange alternate home jersey. The orange swaps roles with the navy blue on this alternate jersey, as it becomes the dominant color while the navy complements. The Bears previously wore orange jerseys as part of a throwback uniform in a Thanksgiving Day game at the Dallas Cowboys in 2004. The classic look of the club's uniforms has given it the title of one of the best uniform kits in the league.[32] is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930). ...


Mascots

Before the introduction of Staley Da Bear, the club had two unofficial mascots named "Rocky" and "Bearman". "Rocky" was a man who donned a "1" Bears jersey, carried a megaphone, and started chants all over Soldier Field during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. There is no known source of who "Rocky" was, except that he disappeared from Soldier Field in the early 1990s and presumably lived in Northwest Indiana.[33] Don Wachter, also known as "Bearman", is a season ticket holder who decided in 1995 that he could also assist the team by cheerleading. The club allowed him to run across the field with a large Bears flag during player introductions and each team score. In 1996, he donned his "costume" of face paint, bear head and arms, and a number 46 jersey. "Bearman" was forced to stop wearing his costume with the introduction of Staley Da Bear in 2003; however, in 2005 Wachter was allowed in costume again.[34] Staley Da Bear is the official mascot of the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... A megaphone, with a three-inch lighter to scale. ... Northwest Indiana, also known as The Calumet Region, or just The Region, is comprised of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, and Jasper counties in Indiana. ... In sports, a season ticket is a ticket that grants the holder access to all regular-season home games for one season without additional charges. ... Staley Da Bear is the official mascot of the NFLs Chicago Bears. ...


Stadium

Soldier Field II
Soldier Field II

Soldier Field, located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, is the current home to the Bears. The Bears moved into Soldier Field in 1971 after Wrigley Field, the Bears' home for 50 years, became too small to hold an NFL event, and neighbors to Northwestern University objected to the team's playing in at Dyke Stadium, now called Ryan Field. After the AFL-NFL Merger, the newly merged league wanted their teams to play in stadiums that could hold at least 50,000 fans. Even with the portable bleachers that the team brought into Wrigley, the stadium could still only hold 46,000.[35] The stadium's playing turf was changed from astroturf to natural grass in time for the start of the 1988 season. The stadium was the site of the infamous Fog Bowl playoff game between the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.[36] Presented here is a photo of Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, and the home of the Chicago Bears. ... Presented here is a photo of Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, and the home of the Chicago Bears. ... The double-decker Lake Shore Drive Bridge across the Chicago River; Wacker Drive is visible in the background Lake Shore Drive at the Chicago River in 1941 Looking northeast across Lakeshore East at the triple-decker Wacker Drive. ... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ... This article is about artificial grass. ... The Fog Bowl was the name given to the December 31, 1988 NFL playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952...


In 2002, the stadium was closed and rebuilt with only the exterior wall of the stadium being preserved. It was closed on Sunday, January 20, 2002, a day after the Bears lost in the playoffs. It reopened on September 27, 2003 after a complete rebuild (the second in the stadium's history).[37] Many fans refer to the rebuilt stadium as New Soldier Field.[38] During the 2002 season, the Bears played their home games at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign, where they went 3-5. January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The NFL playoffs following the 2001 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXVI. For the first time, the NFL scheduled prime time playoff games for the first two rounds in an attempt to attract more television viewers. ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... Memorial Stadium is a football stadium located in Champaign, Illinois, on the campus of the University of Illinois. ... Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, in the United States. ...


Many critics have negative views of the new stadium. They believe that its current structure has made it more of an eyesore than a landmark; some have dubbed it the "Mistake on the Lake".[39] Soldier Field was stripped of its National Historic Landmark designation on February 17, 2006.[40] This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the 2005 season, the Bears won the NFC North Division and the No. 2 Seed in the NFC Playoffs, entitling them to play at least one home game in the postseason. The team hosted (and lost) their divisional round match on January 15, 2006 against the Carolina Panthers. This was the first playoff game at Soldier Field since the stadium reopened. is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The stadium's end zones and midfield were not painted until the 1982 season.[41] The design sported on the field included the bolded word "Chicago" in both end zones. In 1983, the end zone design returned, with the addition of a large wishbone "C" Bears logo painted at midfield. These field markings remained unchanged until the 1996 season.[42] In 1996 the midfield wishbone "C" was changed to a large blue Bears head, and the end zone design were painted with "Bears" in cursive. This new design remained until the 1999 season, at which point the artwork was returned to the classic "Chicago" and the "C". In the new Soldier Field, the artwork was tweaked to where one end zone had the word "Chicago" bolded and the other had "Bears".[43] Latrell loves him some MIRACLE WHIP!! sho nuff and mashmell The end zone is a term in both Canadian football and American football. ... The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1996 NFL season was the 77th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1999 NFL season was the 80th regular season of the National Football League. ...


The Bears in popular culture

While the Super Bowl XX Champion Bears were a fixture of mainstream American pop culture in the 1980s, the Bears made a prior mark with the 1971 American TV movie Brian's Song starring Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers and James Caan as Brian Piccolo. The film told of how Piccolo helped Sayers recover from a devastating knee injury to return to his status as one of the league's best players, and how Sayers in turn helped the Piccolo family through Brian's fatal illness.[44][45] A 2001 remake of the movie for ABC starred Sean Maher as Piccolo and Mekhi Phifer as Sayers.[46] Dannys Song Two Scene 1, Dannys House* Dannys Mom (watching Dannys song):UMAHHHSHS Movie, WHERES MY JACK DANIELS Dannys Dad:Here it is Dannys Mom:Get outta here fanboy Me:Tell em steve dave Dannys Mom:Im gonna go see dannys o umaaaahhhhhhh... Billy Dee Williams (born April 6, 1937) is an American actor who for a period in the 1970s rivaled Sidney Poitier as the most popular black actor in American film. ... James Langston Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... Sean Maher as Simon Tam in Firefly Sean Maher (born April 16, 1975 in Pleasantville, New York) is an American actor, best known for his role as Simon Tam in the short-lived science fiction television series Firefly. ... Mehki Phifer was born December 29, 1974 in Harlem, New York. ...


The 1985 team is also remembered for recording the song "The Super Bowl Shuffle", which reached number forty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy Award.[47][48] The music video for the song depicts the team gyrating awkwardly and rapping that they are "not here to start no trouble" but instead "just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle". The team took a risk by recording and releasing the song before the playoffs had even begun, but were able to avoid embarrassment by going on to win Super Bowl XX by a then record margin of 46-10. That game was one of the most watched television events in history according to the Nielsen Ratings system; the game had a rating of 48.3, ranking it seventh in all-time television history.[49] The Super Bowl Shuffle is a rap song recorded by members of the Chicago Bears football team prior to their appearance in Super Bowl XX. // Known as Chicago Bears Shufflin Crew, the performers included Sweetness Walter Payton, Punky QB Jim McMahon, and Samurai Mike Singletary. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the English folk dance, see Rapper sword. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


In addition to the "Super Bowl Shuffle"[50] rap song, the Bears' success in the 1980s – and especially the personality of head coach Mike Ditka – inspired a recurring sketch on the American sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live, called "Bill Swerski's Superfans".[51] The sketch featured Cheers co-star George Wendt, a Chicago native, as host of a radio talk-show (similar in tone to WGN radio's "The Sportswriters"), with co-panelists Carl Wollarski (Robert Smigel), Pat Arnold (Mike Myers) and Todd O'Connor (Chris Farley). To hear them tell it, "Da Bears" and Coach Ditka could do no wrong. The sketch stopped after Ditka was fired in 1993. The sketch usually showed the panelists drinking lots of beer and eating lots of Polish sausage, and often featured Todd getting so agitated about what was happening with the Bears that he suffered a heart attack, but quickly recovered (through self-administered CPR). The sketch also features the cast predicting unrealistic blowout victories for Bears games.[52] A significantly overweight Farley died in 1997 from a drug overdose exacerbated by arteriosclerosis,[53] and Da Super Fan sketch has not been brought back by SNL, with the exception of a single appearance by Horatio Sanz as a Super Fan for the Cubs on Weekend Update in 2003. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... This article is about the American television series. ... Bill Swerskis Superfans was a recurring sketch on the American sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live. ... This article is about the TV series. ... George Robert Wendt (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. ... WGN-AM is a radio station on 720 kHz in Chicago, co-owned with WGN-TV. WGN-AMs transmitter is located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. ... Robert Smigel (born February 7, 1960) is an American humorist and performer best known for his Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. ... This article is about the actor. ... Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. ... Kiełbasa (properly pronounced in Polish as kyew-ba-sa, but usually called kyel-ba-sa or kba-see in American English) is the generic Polish word for sausage. ... CPR being performed Wikibooks First Aid has more about this subject: Basic Life Support Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest or, in some circumstances, respiratory arrest. ... // Introduction Arteriosclerosis means the hardening of the arteries in Greek. ... Horatio Sanz (born June 4, 1974[1]) is an American comedian and actor, known as a former cast member of Saturday Night Live. ... Weekend Update is a Saturday Night Live sketch which comments on and parodies current events. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2003. ...


Ditka's success and popularity in Chicago has led him to land analyst roles on various American football pregame shows. Ditka worked for both the NFL on NBC and CBS's The NFL Today, and he currently works on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown and provides Friday night analysis on the Bears on CBS 2 Chicago, the CBS Chicago affiliate, called "2 on Football" with CBS 2 Sports Director Mark Malone.[54] He is also the color analyst for all local broadcasts of Bears preseason games. The NFL on NBC was the brand given to NBC Sports coverage of National Football League games until 1998, when NBC lost the NFL American Football Conference rights to CBS. NFL coverage will return to NBC for the 2006 season under the title NBC Sunday Night Football [1]. // Background The... The NFL Today is a TV show that precedes the American football program The NFL on CBS on CBS Sports. ... Sunday NFL Countdown logo Sunday NFL Countdown is a pregame show of all the NFL action for that week. ... WBBM-TV, officially branded as CBS2 Chicago, is an American television station in Chicago, Illinois owned and operated by CBS. Currently broadcasting from 630 North McClurg Court in downtown Chicago near The Loop, WBBM-TV transmits from the John Hancock Center. ... Mark M. Malone (born November 22, 1958 in El Cajon, California) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. Malone was the nations most recruited quarterback in 1975 out of El Cajon Valley High School near San Diego, California. ...


Also, Ditka, Dick Butkus, Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, William "Refrigerator" Perry and Brian Urlacher are among Bears figures known for their appearances in TV commercials. Urlacher, whose jersey was among the league's best-selling in 2002, is currently featured on Nike commercials with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.[55][56] Dick Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is a former American football player and actor. ... Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) Was an American football player, who spent his entire professional career playing for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... James Robert Jim McMahon (born August 21, 1959 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was an American football star in the 1980s, first at Brigham Young University and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears. ... William Perry (born December 16, 1962 in Aiken, South Carolina) is a former professional football player and brother of former professional football player Michael Dean Perry. ... Brian Keith Urlacher (born May 25, 1978) is an American football player for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Nike, Inc. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues Atlanta Falcons franchise. ...


Statistics and records

For more details on this topic, see Chicago Bears statistics.

Bill George and Doug Buffone hold the record for the most seasons in a Bears uniform with 14.[57] George did it between the 1952 and 1965 seasons and Buffone during the 1966 through 1979 seasons. On the other hand, Steve McMichael holds the record for most consecutive games played by a Bear with 191;[57] he accomplished the feat from 1981 to 1993. In second place is Payton, who played 186 games from 1975 to 1987 at running back, a position considered to be conducive to injury, only missing one game in a span of 13 seasons. This page details statistics about the Chicago Bears American football team. ... William J. George(born October 27, 1929, in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania;died September 30, 1982, at age of 52)was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams George attented college at Wake Forest, being the Bears second-round draft pick in 1951. ... Douglas John Buffone (born June 27, 1944 in the Pittsburgh suburb of Yatesboro, Pennsylvania) is a former American football linebacker in the NFL. He spent his entire fourteen year career with the Chicago Bears. ... Steve Mongo McMichael Steve McMichael (born October 17, 1957 in Houston, Texas) is a former American Football defensive tackle who played for the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, and the Green Bay Packers. ...


Placekicker Kevin Butler holds the club record[57] for scoring the most points in his ten-year Bear career. He scored 1,116 points as the Bears kicker from 1985 to 1995. He is followed in distant second place by Payton, with 750 points. Payton holds the team record for career rushing yards with 16,726.[57] That was an NFL record until Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys broke it in 2002. Neal Anderson, who played from 1986 to 1993, is the closest to Payton's record with 6,166 yards. Mark Bortz holds the record for most Bear playoff appearances, with 13 between 1983 and 1994, and is followed by Kevin Butler, Dennis Gentry, Dan Hampton, Jay Hilgenberg, Steve McMichael, Ron Rivera, Mike Singletary, and Keith Van Horne, who have each played in 12 playoff games. An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... Kevin Butler was a kicker for the Chicago Bears(1985-1995) and Arizona Cardinals(1996-1997). ... Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. ... The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... Neal Anderson (born August 14, 1964 in Graceville, Florida) is a retired American Football player, who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Mark Steven Bortz (born February 12, 1961) was a guard in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears from 1983 to 1994. ... Dennis Louis Gentry (born February 10, 1959 in Lubbock, Texas) a former profeSsional football Player with a carEEr that spanneD eleven seasons between 1982 and 1992 with the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... Daniel Oliver Hampton (Born September 19, 1957 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) to Robert and Joan Hampton. ... Jay Walter Hilgenberg (born March 21, 1959) was a center in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints. ... Ron (Chico) Rivera (born January 7, 1962 in Fort Ord, California) is the first American of Puerto Rican descent to play in the NFL (National Football League). ... Michael Singletary (born October 9, 1958 in Houston, Texas) is a former linebacker in American football who played his entire career for the Chicago Bears in the NFL, after starring in college at Baylor University. ... For the similarly named basketball player, Keith Van Horn redirects here. ...


The 1940 Chicago Bears team holds the record for the biggest margin of victory in an NFL game (playoff or regular season) with a 73–0 victory over the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFL Championship Game. The largest home victory for the Bears came in a 61–7 result against the Green Bay Packers in 1980. The largest defeat in club history was a 52-0 loss against the Baltimore Colts in 1964. The club recorded undefeated regular seasons in 1934 and 1942, but (unlike the 1972 Dolphins) did not win the championship game in either season. In 1934, the club completed a 13–0 record but were defeated by the New York Giants, and in 1942 the club completed an 11–0 record but were defeated by the Redskins. Had the Bears won either championship, the club would have completed a championship three-peat – a feat completed only by the Packers (twice), although no team has done it since the AFL-NFL merger.[58] Halas holds the team record for coaching the most seasons with 40 and for having the most career victories of 324. Halas' victories record stood until Don Shula surpassed Halas in 1993. Ditka is the closest Bears coach to Halas, with 112 career victories. No other Bears coach has recorded over 100 victories with the team.[57] The National Football League (NFL) playoffs is a single-elimination tournament held at the end of the 16-game regular season to determine the NFL champion. ... The 1940 National Football League Championship Game, was played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. on December 8, 1940. ... Donald Francis Shula (born January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio) is a former professional football coach for the National Football League. ... The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ...


During the 2006 season, return specialist Devin Hester set several kick return records. He had six touchdown returns, setting a record for most returns in a single season.[59] One of the most notable of these returns came on November 12, 2006, when he returned a missed field goal for a 108-yard touchdown.[60] The record tied teammate Nathan Vasher's previous record, which was set almost a year earlier.[61] Additionally, Hester set a Super Bowl record by becoming the first person to return an opening kick of a Super Bowl for a touchdown.[62] The 2006 Chicago Bears season was their 87th regular season and 25th post-season completed in the National Football League. ... Devin Hester (born November 4, 1982) is a wide receiver and return specialist, who plays for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nathan Vasher (born November 17, 1981 in Wichita Falls, Texas), full name Nathanial DeWayne Vasher, is an American football cornerback who plays for the Chicago Bears. ...


Players of note

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Quarterbacks

Running Backs Brian David Griese (born March 18, 1975 in Miami, Florida) is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He is the son of former NFL great Bob Griese of the Miami Dolphins. ... Rex Grossman (born August 23, 1980) is a quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Kyle Raymond Orton (born November 14, 1982 in Altoona, Iowa) is an American football player and a quarterback in the National Football League. ...

Wide Receivers Cedric Myron Benson (born December 28, 1982 in Midland, Texas) is an American football running back. ... Jason McKie (born May 22, 1980 in Gulf Breeze, Florida) is an American football fullback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was signed as a undrafted free agent out of Temple University. ... Adrian Peterson (born July 1, 1979 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American football running back. ... Lousaka Romon Polite (born September 14, 1981) is an NFL fullback for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Garrett Wolfe (born August 17, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois) is a running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ...

Tight Ends Bernard Berrian (born December 27, 1980 in Winton, California) is an American football player currently with the Chicago Bears at the position of wide receiver. ... Mark Bradley (born January 29, 1982 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is an American football wide receiver for the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... Rashied Khalid Davis (born July 24, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is an American football cornerback for the Chicago Bears. ... Mike Hass (born January 2, 1983 in Portland, Oregon) is an American wide receiver. ... Devin Hester (born November 4, 1982) is a wide receiver and return specialist, who plays for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Muhsin Muhammad, II (born Melvin Campbell on May 5, 1973) is an American Football player who currently plays wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. // Muhammad was born in Lansing, Michigan. ...

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen Desmond Darice Clark (born April 20, 1977 in Lakeland, Florida) is an NFL football player, currently starting tight end for the Chicago Bears. ... John H. Gilmore, Jr. ... Greg Olsen (born March 11, 1985 in Wayne, New Jersey) is a tight end for the Chicago Bears. ... Josh Beekman is an American football offensive guard who currently plays for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Ruben Brown (b. ... Roberto Garza (born March 26, 1979 in Rio Hondo, Texas) is an American football guard for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was originally selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the fourth pick of the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. ... Olin Kreutz (born June 9, 1977 in Honolulu, Hawaii is a startingcenter and current member of the Chicago Bears. ... Terrence Metcalf (born January 28, 1978 in Clarksdale, Mississippi) is an American football guard for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was originally selected with the 28th pick of the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of the University of Mississippi. ... This article is about the American football player; for other persons with this name, see Fred Miller Fred J. Miller, Jr. ... John St. ... John Bernard Tait (born January 26, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was originally selected with the 14th overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs out of Brigham Young University and played for the Chiefs...

Linebackers

Defensive Backs Anthony Adams (born on June 18, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan) is a player in the National Football League. ... Mark Anderson (born May 26, 1983 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Alex Brown (born June 4, 1979 in Jasper, Florida) is a National Football League defensive end for the Chicago Bears. ... Antonio Garay (born November 30, 1979 in Rahway, New Jersey) is an American football defensive tackle on the practice squad of the Chicago Bears. ... Tommie Harris (born October 29, 1983, Killeen, Texas) is a professional football player for the NFLs Chicago Bears as a Defensive Tackle. ... Israel Idonije (born November 17, 1980 in Lagos, Nigeria, later immigrated with his family to Brandon, Manitoba) is a Canadian playing defensive tackle for the National Football Leagues Chicago Bears. ... Adewale Ogunleye (August 9, 1977) is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears. ... Darwin Jamar Walker (born June 15, 1977) is an American football defensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. ... Oladele Brendon Ayanbadejo (pronounced day-joe, not day-ho) (born September 6, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American football linebacker and special teams standout who currently plays for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. Brendon is half Nigerian. ... Lance Briggs (born November 12, 1980 in Sacramento, California) is an American football linebacker who plays for the Chicago Bears. ... Hunter Taverner Hillenmeyer (born October 28, 1980 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears in the NFL. He was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round with the 31st pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. ... Darrell McClover (born April 25, 1981) is a current American Football linebacker for the New York Jets. ... Brian Keith Urlacher (born May 25, 1978) is an American football player for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Jamar Williams (born in 1984) is an American football linebacker for the National Football League Chicago Bears. ... Rodriques Wilson (born November 12, 1981 in Cross, South Carolina) is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was selected with the sixth pick of the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of South Carolina. ...

Special Teams Adam Jason Archuleta (born November 27, 1977 in Rock Springs, Wyoming) is an American Football Safety currently playing for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. Prior to playing with the Bears, Archuleta was a member of the St. ... Corey Graham is a cornerback, who currently plays for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Ade Jimoh (born April 18, 1980 in Canoga Park, California) is an American football player who currently plays cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the NFL. // Jimoh attended El Camino Real High School where he was a two-year letterman and was a second-team all-league selection as well... Danieal Manning (born August 9, 1982 in Corsicana, Texas) is a professional American football free safety for the Chicago Bears. ... Ricky Manning, Jr. ... Trumaine McBride is an American football player. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Kevin Payne is a American football Safety for the Chicago Bears. ... Charles Peanut Tillman (born February 23, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American football cornerback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was selected with the 35th overall pick, third in the second round, of the 2003 NFL Draft. ... Nathan Vasher (born November 17, 1981 in Wichita Falls, Texas), full name Nathanial DeWayne Vasher, is an American football cornerback who plays for the Chicago Bears. ...

Reserve lists

Practice Squad Robert Paul Gould, III (pronounced Gōld) (born December 6, 1982) is an American football kicker for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State University by the New England Patriots. ... Patrick Mannelly (born April 18, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American football long snapper for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was originally selected with the 36th pick of the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft out of Duke University. ... Brad Maynard is a punter for the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... Obafemi Devin Ayanbadejo (born March 5, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois) is an NFL fullback for the Arizona Cardinals. ... Daniel Buzz Bazuin (born July 22, 1983 in McBain, Michigan) is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was selected from Central Michigan University in the 2007 NFL Draft. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Mike Brown (born February 13, 1978 in Scottsdale, Arizona) is an American football safety for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was originally selected with the eighth pick of the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of the University of Nebraska. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Dusty Dvoracek is a current American football defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Quadtrine Victavian Hill (born November 18, 1982 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is an American football fullback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Michael Okwo (born January 24, 1985 in Redondo Beach, California) is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was selected in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and played his collegiate ball at Stanford University. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... J. D. Runnels (born June 19, 1984 in Midwest City, Oklahoma) is an American football fullback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ...


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Josh Gattis is a safety selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2007 NFL Draft He attended Wake Forest University for College. ... Mark LeVoir (born July 29, 1982) is an American football player who currently plays on the Chicago Bears pratice squad. ... Anthony Oakley is currently an offensive tackle on the Chicago Bears practice squad. ... Babatunde Oshinowo (born in 1984) is an American football defensive lineman for the National Football League Cleveland Browns. ... William Leroy Pope, Jr. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


More rosters The following is a list of current National Football League (NFL) team rosters: // Categories: | | ...

Pro Football Hall of Famers

In the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Bears are tied for the most enshrined members with twenty-six.[63] George Halas, Bronko Nagurski, and Red Grange were a part of the original class of inductees in 1963, while defensive end Dan Hampton, the most recent Bear inducted, was a part of the Class of 2002. Bronislau Bronko Nagurski (November 3, 1908 - January 7, 1990) was an American football player. ... Harold (Red) Edward Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991), was a professional and college American football player. ... Daniel Oliver Hampton (Born September 19, 1957 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) to Robert and Joan Hampton. ...

Chicago Bears Hall of Famers
No. Player Nat Positions No. Player Nat Positions
1 Paddy Driscoll Flag of the United States QB-S-K, Head Coach 42 Sid Luckman Flag of the United States QB-CB
3 Bronko Nagurski Flag of Canada RB-OT-LB 50 Mike Singletary Flag of the United States LB
5 George McAfee Flag of the United States RB-S 51 Dick Butkus Flag of the United States LB
7 George Halas Flag of the United States founder, owner
Head Coach, TE-DE
56 Bill Hewitt Flag of the United States TE-DE
11 Link Lyman Flag of the United States OT-DT 61 Bill George Flag of the United States LB
13 George Trafton Flag of the United States C-DT 66 Clyde (Bulldog) Turner Flag of the United States C-DT
13 Joe Stydahar Flag of the United States OT-DT 71 George Connor Flag of the United States OT-LB
16 Ed Healey Flag of the United States OT-DT 77 Harold (Red) Grange Flag of the United States RB-CB
16 George Musso Flag of the United States C-DT 78 Stan Jones Flag of the United States OT
16 George Blanda Flag of the United States QB 81 Doug Atkins Flag of the United States DE
21 Danny Fortmann Flag of the United States OG-DT 89 Mike Ditka Flag of the United States TE, Head Coach
34 Walter Payton Flag of the United States RB 99 Dan Hampton Flag of the United States DE
40 Gale Sayers Flag of the United States RB -- Jim Finks Flag of the United States General Manager

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George(born October 27, 1929, in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania;died September 30, 1982, at age of 52)was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams George attented college at Wake Forest, being the Bears second-round draft pick in 1951. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... George Edward Trafton (December 6, 1896-September 5, 1971) was an American football center for the Decatur Staleys (now known as the Chicago Bears) of the NFL from 1920-1921 and 1923-1932. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Center (C) is a position in American football. ... Clyde Douglas (Bulldog) Turner (March 10, 1919 in Plains, Texas, USA - October 30, 1998) was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Joseph Lee Stydahar (March 17, 1912–March 23, 1977) was an American football offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears from 1936 to 1942 and 1945 to 1946. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... George Leo Connor (January 21, 1925-March 31, 2003) was an American football offensive tackle/linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 1948-1955. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Edward Francis Healey, Jr. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Harold (Red) Edward Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991), was a professional and college American football player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... George Francis Musso(1910-September 5, 2000) is a former National Football League offensive lineman. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... 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Retired numbers

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Chicago Bears retired numbers
No. Player No. Player
3 Bronko Nagurski 42 Sid Luckman
5 George McAfee 51 Dick Butkus
7 George Halas 56 Bill Hewitt
28 Willie Galimore 61 Bill George
34 Walter Payton 66 Clyde (Bulldog) Turner
40 Gale Sayers 77 Harold (Red) Grange
41 Brian Piccolo[64]

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Coaches of note

Head coaches

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Name Nat From To Record Titles[65]
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Fritz Wasem Flag of the United States 1919 1919 Not Available[66]
Red Brannon Flag of the United States
James Cook Flag of the United States
George Halas[67] Flag of the United States January 1920 December 1929 324 151 31 1
Ralph Jones Flag of the United States January 1930 December 1932 24 10 7 1
George Halas Flag of the United States December 1932 November 1942 324 151 31 3
Hunk Anderson[68] Flag of the United States November 1942 December 1945 24 12 2 1
Luke Johnsos[68] Flag of the United States
George Halas Flag of the United States January 1946 December 1955 324 151 31 1
Paddy Driscoll Flag of the United States December 1955 December 1957 14 10 1
George Halas Flag of the United States December 1957 May 27, 1968 324 151 31 1
Jim Dooley Flag of the United States May 27, 1968 December 1971 20 36 0
Abe Gibron Flag of the United States December 1971 December 17, 1974 11 30 1
Jack Pardee Flag of the United States December 31, 1974 January 19, 1978 20 23 0
Neill Armstrong Flag of the United States February 16, 1978 January 4, 1982 30 35 0
Mike Ditka Flag of the United States January 20, 1982 January 1993 112 68 0 1
Dave Wannstedt Flag of the United States January 19, 1993 December 28, 1998 41 57 0
Dick Jauron Flag of the United States January 24, 1999 December 29, 2003 35 46 0
Lovie Smith Flag of the United States January 15, 2004 Present 32 22 0

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Current staff

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Front Office

Head Coaches Virginia Halas McCaskey (born January 5, 1923) is the principal owner of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Ted Phillips is the president and CEO of the NFLs Chicago Bears American football franchise since 1999. ... Jerry Angelo is the American football general manager for the NFLs Chicago Bears franchise since 2001. ...

Offensive Coaches Lovie Lee Smith (born May 8, 1958 in Gladewater, Texas) is the head coach of the Chicago Bears professional football team of the NFL. Smith narrowly became the first African American coach to lead a team to the Super Bowl only hours before Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts became...

  • Offensive Coordinator - Ron Turner
  • Quarterbacks - Pep Hamilton
  • Running Backs - Tim Spencer
  • Wide Receivers - Darryl Drake
  • Tight Ends - Rob Boras
  • Offensive Line - Harry Hiestand
  • Offensive Line Assistant - Luke Butkus
  • Offensive Quality Control - Charles London
 

Defensive Coaches Ron Turner (born 1958 in California) is the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears since 2005. ... Tim Spencer was an American football player who played in the National Football League and the United States Football League. ... Harry Hiestand (born November 19, 1958 in Malvern, PA) has been the offensive line coach for the National Football League Chicago Bears since 2005. ... Lucas J. Butkus (born June 26, 1979 in Steger, Illinois) is the current assistant offensive line coach of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ...

  • Defensive Coordinator - Bob Babich
  • Defensive Line - Brick Haley
  • Linebackers - Hardy Nickerson
  • Defensive Backs - Steven Wilks
  • Assistant Defensive Backs - Gill Byrd
  • Defensive Assistant - Lloyd Lee

Special Teams Coaches Bob Babich is an American football coach, currently the assistant head coach and linebackers coach of the Chicago Bears Babich was a linebacker for the Mesa Community College in Colorado from 1979-1980, and linebacker for Tulsa from 1981-1982. ... Hardy Otto Nickerson was a linebacker in the NFL. He earned a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. ... Gill Byrd (born in 1961 in San Francisco, California) was a two time Pro Bowl defensive back in 1991 and 1992 for the San Diego Chargers after graduating from San Jose State University. ...

  • Special Teams Coordinator - Dave Toub
  • Assistant Special Teams - Kevin O'Dea

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator - Rusty Jones
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant - Jim Arthur


Coaching Staff
More NFL staffs The following is a list of current National Football League (NFL) team staffs: // Categories: | ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ George Halas, Jr.. Chicago Bears Official Website. Retrieved on 13 December 2006.
  2. ^ The Decatur Staleys. Local Website. Retrieved on 15 June 2006. Information on Dutch Sternaman
  3. ^ George Halas: Hall of Fame Member. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 14 May 2006.
  4. ^ Bears-Packers: Love-Hate Relationship. Packers.com. Retrieved on 28 September 2000.
  5. ^ 1924: THE THIRD TIME IS CHARMED. PFRA. Retrieved on 2007-02-07.
  6. ^ Galloping Ghost scared opponents. ESPN.com. Retrieved on 1 December 2005.
  7. ^ See NFL Championship Game, 1934 for more information on how the Giants wore sneakers and defeated the Bears
  8. ^ General History — Chronology (1940 to 1959). Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 1 January 2006.
  9. ^ Sid Luckman. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 12 July 2006.
  10. ^ Walter Payton's Statistics. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 3 June 2006.
  11. ^ Remembering Walter Payton. Daily Herald. Retrieved on 11 June 2006.
  12. ^ Smith passes Payton as NFL's career rushing leader. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on 16 June 2006.
  13. ^ a b c d The Honey Bears and Chicago Bears Mascots. Bearshistory.com. Retrieved on 1 May 2006.
  14. ^ Ed McCaskey. Cook County Clerk. Retrieved on 13 December 2006.
  15. ^ Mike McCaskey. ChicagoBears Official Website. Retrieved on 13 December 2006.
  16. ^ McCaskey. Cranes Chicago Business. Retrieved on 12 July 2006.
  17. ^ Chicago's Most Powerful Women. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on 16 April 2004.
  18. ^ Dave McGinnis. Bears History. Retrieved on 13 December 2006.
  19. ^ Michael McCaskey. Cranes Chicago Business. Retrieved on 12 July 2006.
  20. ^ Ted Phillips. Chicago Bears.com. Retrieved on 12 July 2006.
  21. ^ About the Chicago Bears. Vividseats.com. Retrieved on 16 October 2006.
  22. ^ GameCenter: Recap — Superbowl.com. Superbowl.com. Retrieved on 21 January 2007.
  23. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2783609
  24. ^ All-Time Chicago Bears Record. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 15 June 2006.
  25. ^ Bears Minority Owners. Cranes Chicago Business. Retrieved on 12 July 2006.
  26. ^ McCaskey. Cranes Chicago Business. Retrieved on 12 July 2006.
  27. ^ NFL Franchise Values: # 10 Chicago Bears. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved on 1 September 2006.
  28. ^ NFL Franchise Sponsors: Chicago Bears. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved on 1 December 2005.
  29. ^ NBC O&Os to Air NFL Preseason. Adweek.com. Retrieved on 13 May 2005.
  30. ^ History of the Chicago Bears Logo. Chicago Bears. Retrieved on 1 August 2005.
  31. ^ History of the Chicago Bears Uniform. Chicago Bears. Retrieved on 1 August 2005.
  32. ^ Jay Mohr: Breaking down the best and worst NFL uniforms. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on 9 November 2005.
  33. ^ Rocky. Bearshistory.com. Retrieved on 3 May 2006.
  34. ^ "Bearman". Bearshistory.com. Retrieved on 1 May 2006.
  35. ^ Soldier Field History. BearsHistory.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2006.
  36. ^ Flashback: Eagles fly into fog. NFL.com. Retrieved on 28 September 2004.
  37. ^ Soldier Field History. Bears History.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2006.
  38. ^ Soldier Field History. ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2006.
  39. ^ Mistake on the Lake. The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved on 1 September 2003.
  40. ^ Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties, 4/17/06 through 4/21/06. National Register of Historic Places Listings.
  41. ^ Bears History "Bits". Bears History.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2006.
  42. ^ Bears Midfield Logo. Bears History.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2006.
  43. ^ New Soldier Field Art. Bears History.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2006.
  44. ^ Brian's Song (1971). IMDb. Retrieved on 14 July 2006.
  45. ^ Reel Life: Brian's Song. ESPN. Retrieved on 14 July 2006.
  46. ^ Brian's Song (2001). IMDb. Retrieved on 14 July 2006.
  47. ^ Top 10 Greatest NFL Team's of All-Time. WatchMojo.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2006.
  48. ^ These records were meant to be broken. Floridan. Retrieved on 28 January 2001.
  49. ^ Nielsen's Top 10. Nielsen Ratings. Retrieved on 16 July 2006.
  50. ^ Remembering the Super Bowl Shuffle. ESPN. Retrieved on 1 August 2004.
  51. ^ Bill Swerski's Super Fans. SNL Transcripts. Retrieved on 14 July 2006.
  52. ^ SNL Super Fans Transcripts. SNL Transcripts. Retrieved on 14 July 2006.
  53. ^ Chris Farley. Find a Death. Retrieved on 14 July 2006.
  54. ^ Ditka joins CBS2. CBS 2 Chicago (WBBM-TV). Retrieved on 14 July 2004.
  55. ^ Urlacher's not going anywhere. USA Today. Retrieved on 3 June 2003.
  56. ^ A Different Campaign for Nike. The New York Times. Retrieved on 24 February 2004.
  57. ^ a b c d e Chicago Bears Team Records. Chicago Bears. Retrieved on 1 August 2005.
  58. ^ NFL History. NFL.com. Retrieved on 1 August 2006.
  59. ^ Super Bowl.com, Hester is Chicago's not-so-secret weapon Retrieved on February 28, 2007
  60. ^ ESPN.com, Hester's record return pushes Bears past sleeping Giants Retrieved on March 11, 2007
  61. ^ ESPN.com Page 2, The Damn! Moment of Week 10 Retrieved on March 11, 2007
  62. ^ Yahoo! Sports, Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17 Retrieved on February 5, 2007
  63. ^ Hall of Famers by Team. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 1 February 2006.
  64. ^ the subject of the film Brian's Song
  65. ^ NFL Championships (1920–1969) and Super Bowl Championships (1970–present) collected during a coaching tenure
  66. ^ No official records have been found for the 1919 season
  67. ^ George Halas coached the Bears four different times, but his record as coach counts as one overall record in the club record books
  68. ^ a b Anderson and Johnsos were co-Head Coaches appointed by Halas went he left for the US Navy

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Sources

  • Taylor, Roy (2004). Chicago Bears History. Arcadia Publishing (SC). ISBN 0-7385-3319-X. 

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City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore... 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Softball NPF: Chicago Bandits
Basketball NBA: Chicago Bulls , WNBA: Chicago Sky, ABA: Cometas de Cicero • Chicago Throwbacks, IBL: Chicago Heights SoldiersElgin Racers, USBL: Gary Steelheads
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Lacrosse MLL: Chicago Machine, NLL: Chicago Shamrox
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