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Chicago’s professional American Football team (gridiron), the Chicago Bears, plays for the NFC North Division. They are a part of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL) and the Bears play their home games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. 

To date, the Chicago Bears have had plenty of success, with nine NFL Championships, which includes one Super Bowl win. Moreover, this is the team that has the most NFL club members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and has more retired jersey numbers than any other football franchise out there. In total, the Chicago Bears can also boast more game victories than any other franchise in the entire history of the NFL. 

The Chicago Bears team was originally founded over 100 years ago, in September 1920 in Decatur, Illinois, but relocated to Chicago the following year, in 1921. This is one of just two NFL teams that is still around today that was founded in the 1920s – along with the Arizona Cardinals team, which was also originally based in Chicago. 

Originally, the Bears played on the north side of the city at Wrigley Field, which is known for hosting Chicago Cubs' games, up until the 1970s. However, they are now located on the near South Side, beside Lake Michigan, at Soldier Field.

All About The Chicago Bears

The Bears’ base of operations can be found at Halas Hall, situated in Lake Forest, Illinois. It’s where they hone their skills during the season and conduct their training camp. The facility is aptly named after the late George Halas, the Bears’ founder and owner.

Chicago Bears Player Personnel

  • The owner (s): Virginia Halas McCaskey
  • Chairman: George McCaskey
  • President: Kevin Warren (previously, Ted Phillips)
  • Head coach: Matt Eberflus (previously, Matt Nagy)
  • General manager: Ryan Poles

Since first joining the NFL, the team has achieved numerous records and statistics. Robbie Gould, a former American football placekicker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons, is Chicago's all-time leading scorer. Gould, who spent 11 seasons with Chicago, had 1,207 points. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and retired from the NFL in 2021 as one of the most accurate kickers in league history.

Meanwhile, former Bears’ player, Walter Payton holds the Bears’ record for career rushing yards – with a total of 16,762 – which was the NFL record until it was beaten in 2002 by Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. The player that has made the most playoff appearances for the Chicago Bears is Mark Bortz, who played 13 games between 1983 and 1994.

The Chicago Bears team of the 1940s is the one that is the current record holder for accruing the biggest margin of victory in any NFL game – including both regular-season and playoff games. This was achieved when the Bears beat the Washington Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship Game.

Another record was set against the Green Bay Packers in the Chicago Bears schedule of 1980 when the Bears achieved their largest home victory, with a result of 61-7. However, their biggest loss to date was against the Baltimore Colts in 1964, when they were defeated 52-0.

Chicago Bears has boasted 2 undefeated regular seasons – in 1934 and then again in 1942, but unfortunately didn’t manage to go on to win the Championship in either of those seasons, beaten by the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.

Another record-breaker in the history of the Bears is Devin Hester. In the 2006 season, the return specialist set several kick return records. This included six touchdown returns – the most returns in a single season. He also holds the Bears’ record for the most return yards – 2,261. Another record set by Hester, was when he set the Super Bowl record by being the first player to return an opening kick of any Super Bowl for a touchdown.

Another record set by Bears was in 2012, was by Charles Tillman, who broke records with the most forced fumbles in one game – with four, against the Tennessee Titans. It was also against the Titans that the Chicago Bears became the first NFL team in history to score a touchdown pass, touchdown run, interception return for a touchdown and also a blocked kick/punt for a score in one quarter.

Chicago Bears Main Rivalries

Here are the Bears' main rivals in the NFL.

The Green Bay Packers

 The biggest rival of the Chicago Bears is the Green Bay Packers. Games in this head-to-head series date back to 1921.  

This is among the longest-standing rivalries in North American sports, with the two teams having faced off against a total of 206 times. The Packers currently lead the series with 105 wins, while the Bears have 95 wins, and the two teams have tied six times. 

The historical rivalry has featured some of the most memorable games in NFL history, including the 2010/11 NFC Championship game, which saw the Packers defeat the Bears 21-14 to advance to the Super Bowl. The rivalry between the Packers and the Bears is considered one of the most intense in the NFL, with both teams and their fans alike staking a lot of bragging rights in the result. Chicago and Green Bay will next play on September 10th, 2023 in the upcoming season.

Minnesota Vikings

The rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings began when the Vikings joined the NFL in 1961. The first time the Bears met the Vikings, the Vikings smashed the Bears 37-13. It may come as a surprise to some that the Vikings lead the Bears on head-to-heads. The series stands at 65-57-2 in Minnesota's favor heading into the 2023/24 NFL season.  They have only met once in the postseason, which saw the Bears win 35-18 in the Wild Card Round, 1994. The Vikings have had many memorable victories over the Packers, including a 28-27 win in 2015 that saw them come back from a 20-point deficit in the second half. Chicago and Minnesota will next play on October 15th, 2023 in the upcoming season.

Detroit Lions

The Bears and Detroit Lions have had a strong rivalry since the Lions were founded in 1930 as the Portsmouth Spartans – and the Spartans took the game 7-6. However, the Bears took the second game 14-6. Since then, it is the Bears who have been more successful, with 104 total wins compared to 77 wins for the Lions. The teams have played to a draw five times.

In 1932, the rivalry grew when they met for the first time in the postseason – which the Bears won 9-0.

The Chicago Bears Facts

The Chicago Bears basic facts and figures...

The Chicago Bears Nicknames

  • Da Bears
  • The Monsters of the Midway

Championships Wins:

League championships

NFL championships - 8 (before the 1970 AFL–NFL merger)

  • 1921
  • 1932
  • 1933
  • 1940
  • 1941
  • 1943
  • 1946
  • 1963

Super Bowl Championships wins - 1:

  • 1985 Super Bowl XX

NFL/NFC Conference Championships

The Chicago Bears League Championships wins

NFL Western Wins:

  • 1956
  • 1953

NFC Conference Wins:

  • 1985
  • 2006

Division Championships

Since they were first formed, the Chicago Bears have won 8 NFL West Division Championships:

  • 1933
  • 1934
  • 1937
  • 1940
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1946

They have won seven NFC Central Division titles:

  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1987
  • 1988
  • 1990
  • 2001

The NFL team has also won 4 NFC North Division titles:

  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2010
  • 2018

Playoff Appearances

The Chicago Bears have been in the NFC playoffs with 28 appearances overall to date...

1932, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1956, 1963, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2018, 2020

The Chicago Bears Home Fields

In their time in the NFL, the Chicago Bears have had two main home-ground stadiums that have served as the team's fortress. The first stadium was Wrigley Field. In 1971, the Bears moved to their current home, Soldier Field, which was built in 1924 and is located on the shore of Lake Michigan.

  • Staley Field in 1920
  • Wrigley Field between 1921 and 1970
  • Soldier Field between 1971–2001 then from 2003–present

Temporary stadiums

  • Dyche Stadium in 1970 due to renovations to Wrigley Field
  • Memorial Stadium in 2002 due to renovations to Soldier Field

Chicago Bears Pro Football Hall of Famers

Players

  • No. Player Position Dates Induction
  • Bronko Nagurski HB/OT/LB 1930–37 & 1943 1963
  • 77  Harold Grange HB/CB 1925 & 1929–34 1963
  • 16 Ed Healey OT/DT 1922–27 1964
  • 11 William R. Lyman OT/DT 1926–28, 1930–31
  • . 1933–34 1964
  • 13 George Trafton C/DT 1920–21, 1923–32 1964
  • 1 Paddy Driscoll QB/DB/K 1926–29 1965
  • 21 Dan Fortmann OG/DT 1936–43 1965
  • 42  Sid Luckman QB/CB 1939–50 1965
  • 5  George McAfee HB/DB 1940–41, 1945–50 1966
  • 66  Bulldog Turner C/DT 1940–52 1966
  • 13 Joe Stydahar OT/DT 1936–42,1945–46 1967
  • 56  Bill Hewitt TE/DE 1932–36 1971
  • 61 Bill George LB 1952–65 1974
  • 71 George Connor OT/LB 1948–55 1975
  • 40  Gale Sayers HB 1965–71 1977
  • 51  Dick Butkus LB 1965–73 1979
  • 16 George Blanda QB/K 1949, 1950–58 1981
  • 81 Doug Atkins DE 1955–66 1982
  • 16 George Musso OT/G 1933–44 1982
  • 89  Mike Ditka TE / coach 1961–66, 1982–92 1988
  • 78 Stan Jones OT 1954–65 1991
  • 34  Walter Payton HB 1975–87 1993
  • 50 Mike Singletary LB 1981–92 1998
  • 99 Dan Hampton DE 1979–90 2002
  • 95 Richard Dent DE 1983–93, 1995 2011
  • 54 Brian Urlacher LB 2000–12 2018
  • 74 Jim Covert OT 1983–90 2020
  • 7 Ed Sprinkle DE 1944–55 2020

Coaches and Contributors

  • Name Position Seasons Inducted
  • George Halas Club Founder/ Owner 1920-28 1963
  • Jim Finks General manager 1974–82 1995

Chicago Bears Most Valuable Player Awards

Here are all the Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) received by Chicago Bears players:

  • Season Player Position
  • 1977 Walter Payton RB

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