Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears, originally named the Decatur Staleys, are an American football team in the National Football League. The team was originally established in 1919 by the A.E. Staley food company as a company team. The team debuted in 1920 in the American Professional Football League. The team relocated to Chicago in 1921, and in 1922 the team name was changed to the Chicago Bears.

The Bears are members of the North Division of the Nation Football Conference (NFC).

Since their inception, the Bears have won nine NFL Championships and one Super Bowl (1985). The Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl Championship team, led by head coach Mike Ditka, is widely considered to be one of the best NFL teams of all time. The franchise holds the record for the most inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and they also have the most retired jersey numbers in the National Football League. Additionally, the Bears have recorded more regular season and overall victories than any other NFL franchise. They are one of only two franchises remaining from the NFL’s founding. 

Chicago Bears Championship History:

First NFL Championship: 1921
Last NFL Championship: 1985
Other NFL Championships: 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963

Bears NFL Draft History | Playoff History

Chicago Bears Hall of Famers:

Doug Atkins
George Blanda
Dick Butkus
George Connor
Mike Ditka
John "Paddy" Driscoll
Jim Finks
Dan Fortmann
Bill George
Harold "Red" Grange
George Halas
Dan Hampton
Ed Healy
Bill Hewitt
Stan Jones
Sid Luckman
William Roy "Link" Lyman
George McAfee
George Musso
Bronko Nagurski
Walter Payton
Gale Sayers
Mike Singletary
Joe Stydahar
George Trafton
Clyde "Bulldog" Turner

Chicago Bears Retired Numbers:

3 - Bronko Nagurski 1930-7, 1943
5 - George McAfee 1940-1, '45-50
7 - George Halas 1920-1928
28 - Willie Galimore 1957-1963
34 - Walter Payton 1975-1987
40 - Gale Sayers 1965-1971
41 - Brian Piccolo 1966-1969
42 - Sid Luckman 1939-1950
51 - Dick Butkus 1965-1973
56 - Bill Hewitt 1932-1936
61 - Bill George 1952-1965
66 - Clyde "Bulldog" Turner 1940-1952
77 - Harold "Red" Grange 1925, 1929-34

Chicago Bears Head Coaches (since 1920):
 

George Halas 1920 - 1929
Ralph Jones 1930 - 1932
George Halas 1932 - 1942
Hunk Anderson 1942 - 1945
Luke Johnsos 1942 - 1945
George Halas 1946 - 1955
Paddy Driscoll 1955 - 1957
George Halas 1957 - 1968
Jim Dooley 1968 - 1971
Abe Gibron 1971 - 1974
Jack Pardee 1974 - 1978
Neill Armstrong 1978 - 1982
Mike Ditka 1982 - 1993
Dave Wannstedt 1993 – 1998
Dick Jauron 1999 - 2003
Lovie Smith 2004 – 2012

Marc Trestman 2013-2014

John Fox 2015- Present

Chicago Bears Home Stadiums:

Staley Field (1919–1920)
Wrigley Field (1921–1970)
Soldier Field (1971–2001)
Memorial Stadium (Champaign) (2002)
Soldier Field (2003–present)

Chicago Bears Current Stadium Stats:

Name: Soldier Field
Opened: October 9, 1924, reopened September 29, 2003
Capacity: 61,500
Defining Feature(s): Modeled on the Greco-Roman architectural tradition, with columns rising above the stands.

Chicago Bears Owners:

A.E. Staley Company (1919–1921)
George Halas and Dutch Sternaman (1921–1932)
George Halas (1932–1983)
Virginia McCaskey (1983–present)

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