The Chicago Bears were first founded in 1920 in Decatur, IL and moved to Chicago the next season in 1921. The Bears are among the oldest teams in NFL history. Since the start of the franchise, the Chicago Bears have won nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl win.
Much of the success the Chicago Bears had early on can be attributed to George "Big Bear" Halas, who was a player, coach, general manager, owner, travel secretary, and handled many other team operations for over 60 years.
The Bears have appeared in two Super Bowls, one in 1986 against the New England Patriots and one in 2007 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Mike Ditka is an iconic sports figure in the city of Chicago. As a player, Mike Ditka was one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. He was drafted first overall in 1961 to the Chicago Bears. He played 12 seasons in the NFL and spent his first six seasons with the Bears.
By the end of his career, Ditka totaled over 420 receptions for over 5,800 yards. In 1988, he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, becoming the first tight end to do so.
He later returned to Chicago to become the head coach of the Bears. He coached in Chicago from 1982 to 1992. With the Bears, he earned a record of 106-62, while also earning one Super Bowl title.
The 1985 Bears
The 1985 Bears remains one of the best teams in NFL history. The team featured NFL stars, such as Walter Payton, William Perry, and Mike Singletary. They compiled a regular season record of 15-1.
They then marched through the NFL playoffs until facing the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. They had no problem with their opponent, beating the Patriots 46-10.
Prior to their Super Bowl appearance, the players on the Chicago Bears recorded and released a rap song titles "Super Bowl Shuffle." It was a huge media hit and was nominated for a Grammy.
Rivalry with the Green Bay Packers
One of the most historic football rivalries is between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. Both are two of the oldest teams in the NFL, and had great success in the league before the Super Bowl era.
The Bears and Packers have played nearly 200 games against each other, with the Packers slightly leading the series with a 97-95-6 record.
- Founding Year: 1920
- City: Chicago, IL
- Conference: NFC
- Number of Super Bowls: 1 (1985)
- Mascot: Stanley Da Bear
- Owner: Virginia Halas McCaskey
- Head Coach: Matt Nagy
- Stadium: Soldier Field