The club's first logo was introduced in the early 1950s as a black bear on top of a football. They kept this until 1962, when the Bears trademark 'C' logo was first introduced.
The change in their logo from the black bear was due to the addition of logos on "helmets, which pro football teams started adding in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Unlike some NFL franchises that have had many different looks over time, the Bears have kept the wishbone 'C' for over 40 years.
In "1974, the team decided to keep the same 'C' logo but change the color from white to orange with white trim. This is the current logo; however, the club has since introduced alternate logos, including a black bear inside of the orange wishbone 'C', introduced in 1995, and an orange bear head, introduced in 1999.
In 1920 the team introduced uniforms containing brown and blue stripes. In the 1930s, the franchise's uniform underwent substantial alterations. By 1933 the Bears donned all-orange jerseys with navy numbers and matching navy blue helmets. In 1936, they modified this design into "an early version of "psychedelia" by adding three orange stripes to their helmets, changing the color of the jerseys from orange to white, complementing the new white jerseys with 14 navy and orange alternating stripes on the sleeves, and introducing socks with a similar striped pattern extending from ankle to knee. Because of poor response from the fans and the media, this design lasted only one season.
By "1949, the team was wearing the familiar navy blue shirts with white, rounded numbers. In "1956, the team added "TV numbers" to the sleeves. The Bears 'C' logo first appeared on the helmets in "1962. The logo changed from white to a white-bordered orange logo 11 years later, and has remained unchanged ever since. The Bears added the initials GSH to the left sleeve of their jerseys in "1984 in memory of "George Halas.
For decades, the team was known as the only NFL team to wear jersey numbers that were not the traditional block-style numbers (though during the 1971 season, the Bears' road jerseys used the block-style numbers). Although a handful of other NFL teams and the "Houston Oilers during their early "AFL days experimented with rounder jersey numbers, by the mid-1960s the Bears were the only team left to continue wearing rounded jersey numbers. Since the mid-1990s, however, several teams have shifted away from the block numbers in favor of numbers that match a specific team font (e.g. "Denver Broncos, "Baltimore Ravens, "Philadelphia Eagles, etc.) or in the case of the "Pittsburgh Steelers, match the jersey number font with the helmet numbers while otherwise leaving the jersey design alone.
Other variations to the Bears uniforms over the years include the addition of navy blue pants as a part of the road kit in 1984. During the "1994 season, the Bears – with most of the other NFL franchises – introduced "throwback uniforms to be worn in the honor of the NFL's 75th anniversary. These uniforms with brown and blue stripes resemble the original Bears uniforms worn in the 1920s. On October 7, 2002 the Bears wore navy blue pants with their navy blue home jerseys for the first time, and lost at home to Green Bay before a national Monday Night Football audience. The Bears did not wear the all-blue combination again until the 2006 regular season finale against the "Packers, also a loss, on December 31.
On November 13, 2005 and October 29, 2006 (both times in games against the "San Francisco 49ers), the Bears introduced an orange alternate home jersey. The orange swaps roles with the navy blue on this alternate jersey, as it becomes the dominant color while the navy complements. The orange jerseys were worn again on October 19, 2008 at home against the "Minnesota Vikings in a 48–41 victory.
The Bears also wore the orange jerseys against the Detroit Lions in 2007, a 2009 game vs. the "Cleveland Browns, as well as in 2011 against the Packers and Lions. The Bears previously wore orange jerseys as part of a throwback uniform in a "Thanksgiving Day game at the Dallas Cowboys in 2004. Their uniforms, especially for their classic look, have been cited as one of the best in the league.
Since 2005, the Bears have worn their alternate orange jerseys for one home game a season that is near "Halloween. For the 2005–07 and 2010 home openers, the team wore the white jerseys with the navy blue pants. The team is 4–0 in these games, beating the Lions in 2005, 2006, and 2010, and beating the Chiefs in 2007.
The Bears honored the original Monsters of the Midway during the 2010 season by wearing throwback uniforms of the era for selected games. The uniforms are a nod to the 1940s when the Bears won four NFL titles with Hall of Famers Danny Fortman, Sid Luckman, George McAfee, George Musso, Bronko Nagurski, Joe Stydahar and Clyde "Bulldog" Turner. The Bears wore the throwbacks once again for the 2012 season.
In 2012, after "Nike took over the NFL uniform supplier from "Reebok, the Bears uniform received changes. One of the changes include moving the numbers on the sleeves onto the shoulder pad, as well as enlarging the GSH on the stripes.
Before the Bears had mascots, they used to have a "cheerleading squad called the "Chicago Honey Bears, which was around from 1976 to 1985. However, after Halas died, his daughter terminated the group after "Super Bowl XX, calling them "sex objects" and degrading to women.
Before the introduction of "Staley Da Bear, the club had two unofficial mascots named "Rocky" and "Bearman". "Rocky" was a man who donned a "1" Bears jersey, carried a "megaphone, and started chants all over Soldier Field during the 1970s, 1980s and early-1990s. There is no known source of who "Rocky" was, except that he disappeared from Soldier Field in the early 1990s and presumably lived in "Northwest Indiana. Don Wachter, also known as "Bearman", is a "season ticket holder who decided in 1995 that he could also assist the team by cheerleading. The club allowed him to run across the field with a large Bears flag during player introductions and each team score. In 1996, he donned his "costume" of face paint, bear head and arms, and a number 46 jersey. "Bearman" was forced to stop wearing his costume with the introduction of "Staley Da Bear in 2003; however, in 2005 Wachter was allowed in costume again.
Green Bay Packers
The "Green Bay Packers are the Bears' biggest rivals since their team's inception in 1920. The series is currently tied at 94–94–6, and the teams have met twice in the postseason. The Bears won the 1941 meeting, 33–14, and eventually defeated the "New York Giants in the "1941 NFL Championship Game, and the Packers won the 2011 meeting, 21–14, en route to a "Super Bowl XLV win over the "Pittsburgh Steelers. The teams' first meeting was a victory for the Bears (known as the Staleys at the time) in 1921 in a shutout, 20–0. The Packers claimed their first win over the Bears in 1925, 14–10. The 1924 matchup (which ended in a 3–0 win for Chicago) was notable for featuring the first ever ejection of players in a game in NFL history, as "Frank Hanny of the Bears and "Walter Voss of the Packers were ejected for punching each other. The rivalry also featured one of the last successful "fair catch kicks in 1968, when Bears kicker "Mac Percival kicked the game-winning field goal.
Chicago and "Minnesota took each other on in the Vikings' inaugural game, with the Vikings defeating the Bears in a 37–13 rout, and Minnesota currently holds the series lead 54–50–2.
The "Detroit Lions and Bears have faced off since the Lions' inception in 1930, when they were known as the Portsmouth Spartans, with the Spartans winning, 7–6, and Chicago winning the second meeting, 14–6. Since then, the Bears have led the series, 95–66–5. The rivalry grew in 1932, when the Bears and Spartans met in the first ever postseason game in NFL history, with the Bears winning the "game 9–0. The game also was known as the first ""indoor football" game, as the game took place in indoor "Chicago Stadium due to a blizzard at the time. The game also started the "forward pass.
Former cross-town rivals, the Bears and the "Cardinals have faced each other more times than any other teams not currently in the same division. Highlights of the rivalry include "Ernie Nevers scoring 40 points against the Bears in 1929 in a 40–7 rout. In 2006, the Bears defeated the Cardinals in a "24–23 comeback from a 20-point deficit in the 2nd half, which resulted in Cardinals coach "Dennis Green's famous rant. The Bears currently lead the all-time series, 57–27–6.
- "Cleveland Browns: Since 2005, the Bears and Browns have met in the final game of the preseason, after the two teams made an agreement to play each other in alternating cities due to their close proximity. The Browns won the 2005 game 16–6, but the Bears have since gone 7–5, winning in their "2006, "2008, "2009, "2011, "2012, "2015, and "2016 matchups. In their all-time series, the Browns lead 6–9 (as the current expansion team).
- "Indianapolis Colts: Despite not meeting as often, the Bears and Colts are known as being geographic rivals, with "NFL.com analyst "Dave Dameshek calling the game the I-65 Bowl, after "Interstate 65, which connects between Chicago and Indianapolis. The Colts (while in "Baltimore) won the first meeting in 1953 13–9. Both teams have shared various moments in the past, with the Bears suffering their worst loss in franchise history 52–0 to the Colts during their time in Baltimore. The Bears later won 57–0 in 1962 against the Colts, which is the highest scoring differential in team history for a regular-season game. The most notable moment between the two teams was "Super Bowl XLI, with Indianapolis pulling away with the win despite Chicago dominance in the first half, which was also known for being the first ever Super Bowl to be played in rain. The teams also share various relations with each other, including the relationship between former Colts coach "Tony Dungy and Bears coach "Lovie Smith, who both were on the "Tampa Bay Buccaneers team in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and both coaches met in Super Bowl XLI. The Colts currently lead the series, 23–19, though the Bears have won the last two meetings both in 2008, 23-19 and in 2012, 41–21. Because of the NFL's scheduling formula, The Bears and Colts will meet again in 2016 at "Lucas Oil Stadium.
- "San Francisco 49ers: In the 1980s, the Bears and "San Francisco 49ers have met twice in the postseason, as well as many times in the regular season. In the teams' first meeting in 1950, the Bears triumphed, 17–0. In the 1980s, the Bears went 3–4, including 2 postseason meetings. The 49ers won the first meeting in a 23–0 shutout, as well as the next meeting, 28–3. In 1985, the Bears claimed their revenge for their humiliating loss by sending in rookie "William "The Refrigerator" Perry in at fullback in a 26–10 rout. Since the game, the Bears have lost all eight games at "Candlestick Park, the last being a 32–7 loss in 2012. In the 49ers' new stadium "Levi's Stadium's opening game against the Bears, the Bears triumphed 28–20. However, the 49ers won the most recent meeting on December 6, 2015 at Soldier Field, defeating the Bears 26–20. Because both teams finished in last place in their respective divisions, the Bears and 49ers will meet again in 2016.
- "New York Giants: In a newer preseason rivalry (as well as an old rivalry), the Bears and Giants have taken each other on frequently in the preseason against each other since 2009, and since 2011, has been the 3rd game in the preseason (both teams didn't meet in 2010). The 2 teams have also shared some bad blood before the "AFL-NFL merger, as the Bears defeated the Giants in the "inaugural NFL Championship Game. The Giants would claim their revenge in the "infamous "Sneakers Game" over the undefeated Bears. The Bears would defeat New York in the "1963 NFL Championship Game. In the recent decade, the Bears defeated the Giants in 2006, 38–20, and Bears rookie "Devin Hester showed his ability to return on special teams when he tied a Bears record for longest play when he ran a missed field goal back 108 yards for a touchdown on "Sunday Night Football. The Giants would claim their revenge in 2010, when they defeated the Bears in a 17–3 victory, in which the Giants sacked Bears quarterback "Jay Cutler nine times in the first half. The Bears eventually won in 2013, 27–21. Because of the NFL's scheduling formula, the Bears and Giants will meet again in 2016 at "MetLife Stadium.
Soldier Field, located on "Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, is the current home of the Bears. The Bears moved to Soldier Field in 1971 after outgrowing "Wrigley Field, the team's home for 50 years. "Northwestern University's residential neighbors objected to their playing at Dyche Stadium, now called "Ryan Field. After the "AFL-NFL Merger, the newly merged league wanted their teams to play in stadiums that could hold at least 50,000 fans. Even with the portable bleachers that the team brought into Wrigley, the stadium could still only hold 46,000. Soldier Field's playing turf was changed from natural grass to "astroturf before the 1971 season, and then back to natural grass in time for the start of the 1988 season. The stadium was the site of the infamous "Fog Bowl playoff game between the Bears and "Philadelphia Eagles.
In "2002, the stadium was closed and rebuilt with only the exterior wall of the stadium being preserved. It was closed on Sunday, January 20, 2002, a day after the Bears lost in the "playoffs. It reopened on September 27, 2003 after a complete rebuild (the second in the stadium's history). Many fans refer to the rebuilt stadium as "New Soldier Field". During the "2002 season, the Bears played their home games at the University of Illinois' "Memorial Stadium in "Champaign, where they went 3–5.
Many critics have negative views of the new stadium. They believe that its current structure has made it more of an eyesore than a landmark; some have dubbed it the "Mistake on the Lake". Soldier Field was stripped of its "National Historic Landmark designation on February 17, 2006.
In the "2005 season, the Bears won the NFC North Division and the No. 2 Seed in the NFC Playoffs, entitling them to play at least one home game in the postseason. The team hosted (and lost) their divisional round match on January 15, 2006 against the "Carolina Panthers. This was the first playoff game at Soldier Field since the stadium reopened.
The stadium's "end zones and midfield were not painted until the "1982 season. The design sported on the field included the bolded word "Chicago" rendered in "Highway Gothic in both end zones. In 1983, the end zone design returned, with the addition of a large wishbone "C" Bears logo painted at midfield. These field markings remained unchanged until the "1996 season. In 1996 the midfield wishbone "C" was changed to a large blue Bears head, and the end zone design were painted with "Bears" in cursive. This new design remained until the "1999 season, at which point the artwork was returned to the classic "Chicago" and the "C". In the new Soldier Field, the artwork was tweaked to where one end zone had the word "Chicago" bolded and the other had "Bears".
In popular culture
While the Super Bowl XX Champion Bears were a fixture of mainstream American pop culture in the 1980s, the Bears made a prior mark with the 1971 American TV movie "Brian's Song starring "Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers and "James Caan as Brian Piccolo. The film told of how Piccolo helped Sayers recover from a devastating knee injury to return to his status as one of the league's best players, and how Sayers in turn helped the Piccolo family through Brian's fatal illness. A 2001 remake of the movie for ABC starred "Sean Maher as Piccolo and "Mekhi Phifer as Sayers.
The 1985 team is also remembered for recording the song ""The Super Bowl Shuffle", which reached number forty-one on the "Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a "Grammy Award. The music video for the song depicts the team "rapping that they are "not here to start no trouble" but instead "just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle". The team took a risk by recording and releasing the song before the playoffs had even begun, but were able to avoid embarrassment by going on to win Super Bowl XX by a then-record margin of 46–10. That game was one of the most watched television events in history according to the "Nielsen ratings system; the game had a rating of 48.3, ranking it 7th in all-time television history.
In addition to the "Super Bowl Shuffle" rap song, the Bears' success in the 1980s – and especially the personality of head coach Mike Ditka – inspired a recurring sketch on the "American "sketch comedy "program "Saturday Night Live, called ""Bill Swerski's Superfans". The sketch featured "Cheers co-star "George Wendt, a Chicago native, as host of a radio talk-show (similar in tone to "WGN radio's "The Sportswriters"), with co-panelists Carl Wollarski ("Robert Smigel), Pat Arnold ("Mike Myers) and Todd O'Connor ("Chris Farley). To hear them tell it, "Da Bears" and Coach Ditka could do no wrong. The sketch stopped after Ditka was fired in 1993. The sketch usually showed the panelists drinking lots of beer and eating lots of "Polish sausage, and often featured Todd getting so agitated about what was happening with the Bears that he suffered a heart attack, but quickly recovered (through self-administered "CPR). The sketch also features the cast predicting unrealistic blowout victories for Bears games. Da Super Fan sketch has not been brought back by SNL, with the exception of a single appearance by "Horatio Sanz as a Super Fan for the Cubs on ""Weekend Update" in 2003. Outside of SNL, George Wendt reprised his role of Swerski in the opening promo of "Super Bowl XL on "ABC.
On TV shows based in Chicago such as "The Bob Newhart Show, "Married... with Children, "Family Matters, "Still Standing, "According to Jim, "Early Edition and "The Bernie Mac Show, the main characters are all Bears fans, and have worn Bears' jerseys and T-shirts on some occasions. Some episodes even show them watching Bears games. "Roseanne is another TV show based outside of Chicago to feature the Bears as the consensus household favorite, as 'Dan Connor' "John Goodman is seen wearing Bears hats in several episodes. "That '70s Show featured several Bears references, as it was based in Wisconsin, home of the Packers. On one episode while the gang is at a Bears vs. Packers game, Eric comes to the seat in a Walter Payton jersey and is booed by the surrounding Packers fans. In an episode of the "Disney Channel show "Shake It Up, based in Chicago, recurring character Dina Garcia (Ainsley Bailey) sold "scalped Chicago Bears tickets. More recently, "Modern Family character "Cameron Tucker has been shown as a Bears fan. In an episode of the "Disney Channel show ""I Didn't Do It", based in Chicago, Lindy Watson (Olivia Holt) and Logan Watson (Austin North) try to get a football signed by NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus after destroying their fathers Butkus signed ball, Alshon Jeffery also makes a cameo appearance as well.
Ditka's success and popularity in Chicago has led him to land analyst roles on various American football pregame shows. Ditka worked for both the "NFL on NBC and CBS's "The NFL Today, and he currently works on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown and provided Friday night analysis on the Bears on "WBBM-TV's 2 on Football with former WBBM-TV sports director "Mark Malone. He is also the color analyst for all local broadcasts of Bears preseason games. Ditka also co-starred himself alongside actor "Will Ferrell in the 2005 "comedy film "Kicking & Screaming.
Also, Ditka, "Dick Butkus, "Walter Payton, "Jim McMahon, "William "Refrigerator" Perry and "Brian Urlacher are among Bears figures known for their appearances in TV commercials. Urlacher, whose jersey was among the league's best-selling in 2002, was featured on "Nike commercials with former "Atlanta Falcons quarterback "Michael Vick.
In the 1961 "Hanna-Barbera animated short "Rah Rah Bear", "Yogi Bear helps the Bears beat the "New York Giants. The Bears were later depicted in an episode of the 1985 "cartoon version of the NBC sitcom "Punky Brewster, where the Bears are playing the "Green Bay Packers.
"Clark Griswold ("Chevy Chase) from the "National Lampoon's Vacation series appears in some scenes wearing a navy blue with burnt orange scripting Chicago Bears ball cap. He wears the same Chicago Bears cap throughout all four Vacation movies.
Chicago Bears Network
Currently, "WBBM (780 AM) and its simulcasting partner, "WCFS-FM (105.9 FM) broadcast Bears games with Jeff Joniak doing the play-by-play, along with color commentator Tom Thayer, who played for the Bears from 1985–1992, and sideline reporter Zach Zaidman. Over the years, many Bears play-by-play broadcasters have included play-by-play announcers "Jack Brickhouse, "Joe McConnell and "Wayne Larrivee, and color commentators Hub Arkush, Dick Butkus, "Jim Hart and "Irv Kupcinet.
|Chicago Bears Network
|"Chicago||"WBBM (780 AM)/"WCFS-FM (105.9 FM)||All games
|"WLEY-FM (107.9 FM)||All games (in Spanish)|
|"WSCR (670 AM)||Bears All-Access|
Their current preseason TV announcers on "WFLD (channel 32), which also carries the majority of the team's regular season games through the "NFL on Fox, are "Sam Rosen (play-by-play), "Erik Kramer (color commentary) and Lou Canellis (sideline reporter). When the games are played against an AFC team, it can be aired on the CBS O&O station, "WBBM-TV. Sunday Night games are broadcast on "WMAQ-TV, the NBC O&O station.
|Chicago Bears Network
|Regional cable||"Comcast SportsNet Chicago||Bears Recap
|"Chicago||WFLD||Preseason and Fox regional/national games
Bears Gameday Live
Bears Gamenight Live
|"Cedar Rapids, Iowa||"KFXA||Preseason and Fox regional/national games|
|"Champaign–"Urbana||"WCCU||Preseason and Fox regional/national games|
|"Peoria||"WMBD-TV||Preseason and CBS regional/national games|
|"Quad Cities||"KLJB||Preseason and Fox regional/national games|
|"Rockford||"WIFR||Preseason and CBS regional/national games|
|"Rockford||"WQRF||Preseason and Fox regional/national games|
|"Springfield||"WRSP-TV||Preseason and Fox regional/national games|
|"South Bend||"WSBT-TV||Preseason and CBS regional/national games|
Statistics and records
"Patrick Mannelly holds the record for the most seasons in a Bears uniform with 16. On the other hand, "Steve McMichael holds the record for most consecutive games played by a Bear with 191; he accomplished the feat from 1981 to 1993. In second place is Payton, who played 186 games from 1975 to 1987 at running back, a position considered to be conducive to injury, only missing one game in a span of 13 seasons.
Kicker "Robbie Gould became the Bears' all-time scoring leader in Week 5 of 2015 season overtaking "placekicker "Kevin Butler who previously held the club record for scoring the most points in his ten-year Bear career. He scored 1,116 points as the Bears kicker from 1985 to 1995. He is followed by running back "Walter Payton, with 750 points. Payton holds the team record for career rushing yards with 16,726. That was an NFL record until "Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys broke it in "2002. Current Bears running back "Matt Forte, who started playing for the Bears in 2008, is the closest to Payton's record with 6,985 yards. Forte also holds the team's single season record for rookies in rushing attempts, rushing yards and receptions. "Mark Bortz holds the record for most Bear playoff appearances, with 13 between 1983 and 1994, and is followed by Kevin Butler, "Dennis Gentry, "Dan Hampton, "Jay Hilgenberg, Steve McMichael, "Ron Rivera, "Mike Singletary, and "Keith Van Horne, who have each played in 12 playoff games.
The 1940 Chicago Bears team holds the record for the biggest margin of victory in an NFL game ("playoff or regular season) with a 73–0 victory over the Washington Redskins in the "1940 NFL Championship Game. The largest home victory for the Bears came in a 61–7 result against the Green Bay Packers in 1980. The largest defeat in club history was a 52–0 loss against the Baltimore Colts in 1964. The club recorded undefeated regular seasons in 1934 and 1942, but (unlike the 1972 Dolphins) did not win the championship game in either season. In 1934, the club completed a 13–0 record but were defeated by the New York Giants, and in 1942 the club completed an 11–0 record but were defeated by the Redskins. Had the Bears won either championship, the club would have completed a championship three-peat – a feat completed only by the Packers (twice), although no team has done it since the AFL-NFL merger. Halas holds the team record for coaching the most seasons with 40 and for having the most career victories of 324. Halas' victories record stood until "Don Shula surpassed Halas in "1993. Ditka is the closest Bears coach to Halas, with 112 career victories. No other Bears coach has recorded over 100 victories with the team.
During the "2006 season, return specialist "Devin Hester set several kick return records. He currently holds the franchise record for most return yards with 2,261. He had six touchdown returns, setting a record for most returns in a single season. In 2007, he recorded another six touchdown season from returns. One of the most notable of these returns came on November 12, 2006, when he returned a missed field goal for a 108-yard touchdown. The record tied former teammate "Nathan Vasher's previous record, which was set almost a year earlier. Additionally, Hester set a Super Bowl record by becoming the first player to return an opening kick of a Super Bowl for a touchdown. On December 20, 2010, Hester set an NFL record for most touchdowns on a punt or kickoff return with his 14th career return coming against the Minnesota Vikings. In 2011, Hester broke the record for the most punt returns against the "Carolina Panthers.
In 2012, "Charles Tillman has the record for most forced fumbles in a single game with 4 against the "Tennessee Titans. Also against the Titans, Chicago became the first team in league history to score a touchdown pass, a touchdown run, an interception return for a touchdown, and a blocked kick/punt for a score in the same quarter. Tillman and teammate "Lance Briggs became the first pair in NFL history to return an interception for a touchdown in consecutive games against the "Jacksonville Jaguars and "Dallas Cowboys.
- This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed or in progress by the Bears. For the full season-by-season franchise results, see "List of Chicago Bears seasons.
Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.
Record as of December 28, 2014
|"Super Bowl Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth|
|"Season||Team||"League||Conference||Division||"Regular season||"Post Season Results||Ref|
|All-time regular season record (1920–2010)[q]||–||722||526||42||–||–|
|All-time postseason record (1932–2010)[q]||–||17||18||–||–||–|
|All-time regular season and postseason record (1920–2010)[q]||–||739||542||42||–||–|
|All-Time Bears Leaders|
|Leader||Player||Record Number||Years with Bears|
|Passing||"Jay Cutler||23,443 passing yards||2009–2016|
|Rushing||"Walter Payton||16,726 rushing yards||1975–1987|
|Receiving||"Johnny Morris||5,059 receiving yards||1958–1967|
|Points||"Robbie Gould||1,142 points||2005–2015|
|Coaching Wins||"George Halas||318 wins||1920–29, 1933–1942, 1946–1955, 1958–1967|
Players of note
Pro Football Hall of Famers
In the "Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Bears have the most enshrined primary members with 27, however the club also have had five Hall of Famers spend a minor portion of their career with the franchise. Founder, owner, head coach, and player George Halas, "halfback "Bronko Nagurski, and "Red Grange were a part of the original class of inductees in 1963. The franchise saw 14 individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame from 1963–1967. "Defensive end "Richard Dent, a member of the "Super Bowl XX team is the most recent Bear inducted, a part of the Class of 2011.
Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame
The Bears have retired 14 uniform numbers, which is the most in the NFL, and ranks fourth behind the basketball "Boston Celtics ("21), baseball "New York Yankees ("20), and hockey "Montreal Canadiens ("15) for the most in "North American professional sports. The Bears retired "Mike Ditka's number 89 jersey on December 9, 2013. It is the last number that the Bears retired.
Chicago Bears retired numbers
Chicago Bears staff
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