31 Facts About Chicago Bears

1. Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago.

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2. The Chicago Bears compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division.

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3. Chicago Bears hired George Halas and Edward "Dutch" Sternaman in 1920 to run the team.

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4. Halas liked the bright orange-and-blue colors of his alma mater, the University of Illinois, and the Chicago Bears adopted those colors as their own, albeit in a darker shade of each.

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5. In 1924 the Chicago Bears claimed the Championship after defeating the Cleveland Bulldogs on December 7, even putting the title "World's Champions" on their 1924 team photo.

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6. The Chicago Bears replaced Grange with Paddy Driscoll, a star football player in his own right.

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7. The Chicago Bears used the money made from the Grange barn-storming tour to sign the man that replaced him.

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8. Chicago Bears coached the team off-and-on for forty seasons, an NFL record.

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9. Chicago Bears became the only person to be involved with the NFL throughout the first 60 years of its existence.

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10. Chicago Bears was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's first induction class in 1963.

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11. In 1975, the Chicago Bears drafted Walter Payton from Jackson State University with their first pick.

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12. Chicago Bears died from a rare form of liver cancer in 1999 at the age of 45.

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13. Mrs McCaskey's reign as the owner of the Chicago Bears was not planned, as her father originally earmarked her brother, George "Mugs" Halas Jr.

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14. The Chicago 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".

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15. The Chicago Bears scheduled a press conference to announce the hiring before McGinnis agreed to contract terms.

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16. In 2005, the Chicago Bears won their division and reached the playoffs for the first time in four years.

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17. On November 18, 2010, the Chicago Bears recorded franchise win number 700 in a win against the Miami Dolphins.

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18. Chicago Bears made one of the biggest trades in franchise history, acquiring Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos in exchange for Kyle Orton and draft picks on April 2, 2009.

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19. The Chicago Bears made another notable move by trading for Miami Dolphins receiver and Pro Bowl MVP Brandon Marshall.

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20. On March 20, 2013, Brian Urlacher's 13-year tenure with the Chicago Bears ended when both sides failed to agree on a contract.

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21. Chicago Bears was replaced by Matt Barkley, who made his first career start with the Bears.

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22. The Chicago Bears acquired linebacker Khalil Mack in a block-blockbuster trade from the Oakland Raiders to further bolster their defense, sending a package of draft picks that includes 2019 and 2020 1st round draft picks in exchange.

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23. Chicago Bears was the first Bears coach to be given the AP award since Lovie Smith in 2005 and the fifth in team history.

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24. On January 25, 2022, the Chicago Bears hired Ryan Poles as their general manager.

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25. Chicago Bears is the third largest media market in the United States.

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26. The Chicago Bears moved to Soldier Field in 1971 after outgrowing Wrigley Field, the team's home for 50 years.

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27. The design sported on the field included the bolded word "Chicago Bears" rendered in Highway Gothic in both end zones.

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28. In June 2021, the Chicago Bears submitted a bid to purchase the Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Illinois from Churchill Downs.

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29. Chicago Bears wears the same Chicago Bears cap throughout all four Vacation movies.

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30. Chicago Bears scored 1,116 points as the Bears kicker from 1985 to 1995.

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31. Former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, who started playing for the Chicago Bears in 2008, is the closest to Payton's record with 6,985 yards.

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