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Chicago Bears History

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Bears history

The Chicago Bears were founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1920 and were known as the the Decatur Staleys. The Chicago Bears are one of four teams that play in the North Division of the National Football conference, of the National Football League. The Decatur Staleys franchise began as a member of the American Professional Football Association (APFA) and carried the name of it's sponsor the Staley Starch Company. George Halas was hired by the owner of the company, A. E. Staley to organize, coach, and play on the team. Halas would maintain control of the team until his death in 1983.The Bears have stayed in the Halas family; the team is currently owned by Halas' grandson Michael McCaskey.


Halas also coached the team off-and-on for forty seasons, an NFL record. On September 17, 1920, Halas and representatives from 11 other teams met in Canton, Ohio, and organized the American Professional Football Association—the precursor to the NFL. Halas assumed ownership of the team in 1921 with his co-head coach, Dutch Sternaman. They moved the team to Chicago’s Cubs Park (renamed Wrigley Field in 1926). The club won the new league’s first title in 1921, and a year later Halas and Sternaman renamed the team the Bears. Halas reasoned that because football players were generally bigger than baseball players, and the city’s baseball team was the Cubs, then logically the football team should be the Bears. It was also a tribute to the Chicago Cubs, who permitted the Bears to play their games at Wrigley Field.

From the very start, the Bears were one of pro football's most successful and innovative franchises. The Bears joined the National Football League in 1922. Halas and Sternaman guided the Bears to eight consecutive winning records from 1921 to 1928. Their many stars included running backs Paddy Driscoll and Red Grange. Chicago’s offensive line was anchored by center George Trafton, who knocked four opposing linemen out of commission in the first 12 plays during a 1920 contest.

The Bears were the first franchise to buy a player from another team -- $100 for Ed Healey from Rock Island in 1922. The Bears signed the fabled collegiate all-America, Red Grange, in 1925 and then showcased him before the first huge pro football crowds. In 1932, they defeated the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 to win the championship in the first NFL game to be played indoors. The next year, they inaugurated the NFL championship series by defeating the New York Giants, 23-21. The teams uniform colors at home are a navy blue jerseys with orange trim, and white pants; Away they wear white jerseys and navy blue pants. The helmet design is navy blue, with an orange "C". The Bears have won nine League Championships (1921 (as the Chicago Staleys), 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963, 1985) and have made one Super Bowl (XX) appearance in 1986, which they won,46-10, over the New England Patriots.


Gale Sayers

The Bears have retired a couple of numbers including player coach owner, #7 George Halas, #28 Willie Galimore, #5 George McAfee,#34 Walter Payton, #40 Gale Sayers,41 Brian Piccolo,#42 Sid Luckman, #51 Dick Butkus,#56 Bill Hewitt, #61 Bill George, #66 Bulldog Turner, #77 Red Grange and 3 Bronco Nagurski. Bronco Nagurski is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (September 7, 1963) and after seven seasons with the Bears he built a career as a professional wrestler becoming a 3-time world heavyweight champion. George Halas was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Chicago Bears play their home games at the Soldier Field, which was opened on November 11, 1926 and seats 66,944.


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