Chicago Bears


Chicago Bears

▪ American football team
 American professional gridiron football (football, gridiron) team based in Chicago that plays in the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The Bears are one of football's most successful franchises, having won eight NFL championships and one Super Bowl. The Bears have more former players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (26) than any other team.

 The franchise that became the Bears was founded by businessman A.E. Staley in 1920 and was first known as the Decatur (Ill.) Staleys. George Halas (Halas, George) became player-coach of the new team, which he relocated to Chicago in 1921 after Staley handed the young franchise over to him. (Halas, affectionately known as “Papa Bear,” prowled the sidelines as head coach until 1968.) The team won the American Professional Football Association (APFA) championship in its first season in Chicago, and it was renamed the Bears in 1922, the same year the APFA became the NFL. The early Chicago teams established a rivalry with the Green Bay Packers, which became one of the sport's most storied feuds. Led by a dominant rushing attack that featured future Hall of Fame backs Red Grange (Grange, Red) and Bronko Nagurski (Nagurski, Bronko), the Bears captured NFL championships in 1932 and 1933, the former of which was won in the first play-off game in league history, a 9–0 victory over the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans. In the 1940s the Bears won four more championships (1940, 1941, 1943, 1946), largely because of the efforts of quarterback Sid Luckman (Luckman, Sid), a future member of the Hall of Fame. The innovative T-formation offense that Luckman ran, which utilized two running backs and set men in motion before the play, was an immediate sensation and became the dominant offense in the NFL.

 The Bears won another title in 1963 and drafted two all-time greats in 1965: linebacker Dick Butkus (Butkus, Dick) and running back Gale Sayers (Sayers, Gale). While Butkus and Sayers went on to dominate the game on an individual level, the Bears did not advance to the play-offs during either of their careers. The dry spell ended when the Bears drafted running back Walter Payton (Payton, Walter) in 1975, starting a decade of dominance. Payton went on to break Jim Brown (Brown, Jim)'s record for all-time rushing yards (which was in turn broken by Emmitt Smith (Smith, Emmitt) in 2002) and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Behind Payton the Bears won four division titles and their only Super Bowl (1985). Led by head coach Mike Ditka, a larger-than-life personality who had starred as a tight end for the Bears of the 1960s, and inconoclastic quarterback Jim McMahon (the “punky QB”), the 1985 Bears team was especially noteworthy for its overpowering defense that—after serving as the catalyst for a 15–1 regular-season record—allowed only 10 total points in the team's three postseason games. The team became a national sensation with the release of “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” a rap song (and accompanying music video) that featured members of the team boasting of going to the Super Bowl, which was confidently released before the end of the regular season. The Bears experienced limited success after the early 1990s, but they did advance to the Super Bowl in 2006, where they lost to the Indianapolis Colts.
 

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