Bears will recognize their 10 decades of history, with 1980s taking center stage

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The NFL is celebrating its 100th season and so are the Chicago Bears, charter members of the league who have been there since they were called the Decatur Staleys, the league was called the American Professional Football Association, and George Halas was a player and the head coach. As part of that celebration, the Bears will recognize each of their 10 decades of teams at a home game this year.

Taking center stage, being honored when the Bears play the Packers in the first game of the season on Thursday, September, 5, will be the 1980s Bears.

Making the 1980s Bears the highlight was a no-brainer, as the 1985 Bears were the only Bears team to win the Super Bowl and remain the most beloved team in franchise history. There’s no word yet on which members of that team will attend, but players like Mike Ditka, Jim McMahon and Refrigerator Perry are still Chicago icons, and the late Walter Payton will always have a special place in Bears fans’ hearts.

The celebration will get started with the 1920s Bears in the preseason opener, and then the 1950s Bears in the second home preseason game. No one is left from the 1920s team, and the Bears never won a championship in the 1950s, so those teams were chosen for the low-profile preseason games.

The 1930s Bears will be honored in Week Four, 1970s in Week Seven, 2000s in Week Eight, 1940s in Week 10, 1960s in Week 12, 1990s in Week 14 and 2010s in Week 16.

19 responses to “Bears will recognize their 10 decades of history, with 1980s taking center stage

  1. Bears have had some great teams through the years. Nothing but respect for the organization and the fans.

    Here’s to a great opening night game where no one gets injured.

  2. In my mind the Bears were BY FAR the best single season team in NFL History. For the one season they Dominated EVERYONE. They didn’t just beat teams. They crushed them. Just check out the playoff scores. They shut out the Giants and won by 21 They shut out the Rams and won by 24, and then they CRUSHED the Pats in the superbowl and won by 36.

    I was one of many delusional Pats fans, who thought their team had a puncher’s chance to win that game.

    But by the time the Pats took a 3-0 lead, we KNEW it was over. They were just THAT good, and it was plain even to the most rabid of Pats fans that their team was outclassed.

    THANK GOD it was held in NO, so while saddened, it wasn’t like we didn’t have a great time anyway

  3. And there’s ACTUAL people who call themselves Bears fans who scoff at Ditka. Iron Mike WAS the Bears. Yes ’85 wouldn’t have happened without Buddy either, but it never happens period WITHOUT Ditka (see Buddy’s teams after Chicago).

  4. The 1930’s & 40’s were their most successful eras but all anyone cares about is the 1 time they won in the 80’s. Why is that?

  5. patfanken says:
    July 2, 2019 at 1:57 pm
    In my mind the Bears were BY FAR the best single season team in NFL History. For the one season they Dominated EVERYONE. They didn’t just beat teams. They crushed them. Just check out the playoff scores. They shut out the Giants and won by 21 They shut out the Rams and won by 24, and then they CRUSHED the Pats in the superbowl and won by 36.

    I was one of many delusional Pats fans, who thought their team had a puncher’s chance to win that game.

    But by the time the Pats took a 3-0 lead, we KNEW it was over. They were just THAT good, and it was plain even to the most rabid of Pats fans that their team was outclassed.

    THANK GOD it was held in NO, so while saddened, it wasn’t like we didn’t have a great time anyway
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    “For the one season they Dominated EVERYONE. They didn’t just beat teams. They crushed them.”

    No disrespect to the ’86 Bears because they were good but…….

    See 1986 Dolphins

  6. Can see it now , a close hard fought game that comes down to a Bears FG attempt and out trots one of the bargain basement kickers from the tryouts who misses the kick as soon as it leaves his foot . On the bright side Nagy will have some new video to show his players that proves he has no clue on choosing a kicker .

  7. The Bears history has been uneven at best…Their 30s and 40s history with Sid Luckman and others were glorious, but since 1946, they have only played in four championship games, winning in 1963 and 1985. Despite the greatness of that 85 season, they underachieved in 86, 87 and 88.

    Think about it, Sid Luckman is their all time leading TD passer, and he last played in 1949 or 1950 ! Ken Kavanaugh last played in 1950 as well, and still holds the Bears team record in career TD catches.

  8. That 85 defense was just incredible, and completely demoralizing to opposing offenses.

  9. That 86 SB was a joke. NE played like a taxi squad team. If Stanley Morgan catches that one pass over the middle, they might have gotten a TD and changed the course of the game, but instead, they played with fear and the Bears dominated. Their blocking was atrocious, and it seemed like the Bears knew their snap counts the entire game. For years, I believed the game was fixed, because the Patriots played excellent games against the Raiders and Dolphins to get there.

  10. How long are the Bears going to live off that 1985 team?
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    As long as they and their fans like. That's the beauty of winning championships….there's never an expiration date. Sounds like a pretty cool ceremony. Signed, a Packers fan.

  11. “What have done lately”.

    This is a story about the Bears history. So that statement just red flags the poster as a fan of an expansion frachise.

    I too am a Packers’ fan who holds nothing bu respect and admiration for the Beats’ organization.

    9 World Championships says all that needs to be said. There will be the usual comments about championships won before that poster was born… I’ll just respond that it’s not the Bears problem that the poster’s favorite team is an expansion frachise. Compared to the Bears and Cards, all of our teams are expansion franchises.

  12. redlikethepig says:
    July 2, 2019 at 2:04 pm
    How long are the Bears going to live off that 1985 team?
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    Until February. LOL

  13. Grew up in Hammond IN. Hated the Packers before I even knew who the Bear’s were. LOL I watched SBXX thru a gas mask @ 3am in Germany during a chem warfare exercise. I respect the fans of EVERY team, tho we give each other grief. I’ll never forget getting introduced during my first visit to my squadron, 19 years, 1884, alone in Germany. First question from someone,”Where you from, kid?” “Near Chicago” I said. “Bear’s fan?” I was introduced by that characteristic to everyone that dude introduced me to. That is why I love the NFL.

  14. Buddy Ryan was a great defensive coordinator. That defense was his. If I remember right, after they won the Super Bowl he left to become a head coach & they weren’t the same.

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