27 Facts About The Chicago Bears

1. The Chicago Bears retired Mike Ditka's number 89 jersey on December 9, 2013.

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2. The Chicago Bears had six touchdown returns, setting a record for most returns in a single season.

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3. The Chicago Bears currently holds the franchise record for most return yards with 2,261.

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

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

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

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7. Additionally, The Chicago Bears have an agreement with WFLD to broadcast pre-season football games.

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

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

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10. The Chicago Bears hired Ryan Pace of the New Orleans Saints to be their new general manager on January 8, 2015.

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11. The Chicago Bears reached the NFC Championship Game, where they played Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field—only the second playoff meeting between the two storied rivals, the only other game played in 1941.

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12. On March 5, 2010, The Chicago Bears signed defensive end Julius Peppers, running back Chester Taylor, and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, spending over $100 million on the first day of free agency.

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13. The 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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14. On November 18, 2010 The Chicago Bears recorded franchise win number 700 in a win against the Miami Dolphins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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24. 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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25. The Chicago Bears have a long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers.

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26. The Chicago Bears have recorded more victories than any other NFL franchise.

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27. The Chicago Bears have won nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl, and hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most retired jersey numbers.

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