The Chicago Bears are one of only two NFL charter members to still exist in the NFL along with the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears, known then as the Decatur Staleys, were a works team of the A.E. Stanley food start company as was the case for many early professional football teams. As an independent team, the Staleys won the Central Illinois Championship in 1919 before joining the NFL in 1922.
The team relocated to Chicago where they were renamed the Chicago Bears and moved into a timeshare with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The owners chose a name that coincided with the town’s baseball team, hence the name Bears was chosen.
The Bears dominated the early years of the NFL and developed a long-standing feud with the Green Bay Packers during this time. The rivalry is one of the oldest and most storied in all of American sports to this day.
The Franchise itself is one of the greatest of all time with 26 appearances in the playoffs and three Super Bowl championships. In addition to these accomplishments, the franchise has seen Hall of Fame players such as Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka, Wayler Payton, and Brian Urlacher among others.
In the modern era, the Bears’ best years were the mid to late 1980s during the Mike Ditka years. The Bears went to the playoffs five times in six seasons between 1984 and 1990 and won Super Bowl XX over the New England Patriots. To this day the 1985 Bears are considered one of the best teams in the history of football after a 15-1 regular season.
It would be 21 years before the Bears would make it back to the Super Bowl in 2006. After going 13-3 in the regular season, Chicago beat the Seahawks in OT 27-24 and NFC Championship over the Saints 39-14. The Bears eventually lost to the Packers 21-14 in what would be their last trip to the Super Bowl to this day. Since then, the Bears had just two winning seasons and zero playoff wins.
The Bears were on an upswing but fell apart in 2021 and finished the regular season with a 6-11 record. The Bears cleaned house and rebuilt their coaching staff from top to bottom heading into 2022. With a talented Justin Fields under center, the Bears’ ceiling is slowly rising.
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