Chicago Bears Tickets
The Chicago Bears is one of the two remaining franchises that founded the NFL. Even though the Bears were founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1919, Chicago was where they set up camp and eventually call home in 1921. Chicago Bears has a storied history among NFL teams. It has the most enshrines in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Bears also have the most retired jersey numbers. And with nine NFL Championships and one Super Bowl, the Chicago Bears is one of the most successful franchises in the history of pro football. A member of NFL’s National Football Conference (NFC) North Division, the Chicago Bears call the Soldier Field in Near South Side of Chicago home. The Chicago Bears is one of the few remaining original franchises in the NFL. If you’d like to see the Bears in action, get Chicago Bears tickets here.
History of the Bears
George Halas, the founder and owner of the Chicago Bears, reminisces in his book Halas by Halas, how George Chamberlain asked him on the phone to come manage his boss A.E. Staley’s semi professional football team. The Bears before they were Bears were known as the Decatur Staleys. Founded in 1919, the Decatur Staleys was initially envisioned as a company team. According to the records from the team and the league, Halas became the owner and the team became the charter member of the NFL in 1920. By 1921, the team relocated to Chicago where it was renamed the Chicago Staleys and Halas officially bought the rights to the team from Staley for a $100. The year 1922 saw another name change for the team as Halas moved - now the Chicago Bears - to Wrigley Field. The name ‘Bears’ was actually derived from the Chicago Cubs as most NFL teams of that era had a relation with the more established baseball franchises. Since 1922, the franchise has stuck both with the name and the city.
The Chicago Staleys won their first NFL Championship in 1921. George Halas, in addition to being the owner and head coach was also the team’s wide receiver. The Staleys defeated the Buffalo All Americans on December 4, 1921, at the Cubs Park in Chicago, Illinois. The win did not come without controversy as the Buffalo fans refer to the season and Staley’s winning the Championship as the ‘Staley Swindle’. Nevertheless, the Bears won 7 NFL Championships after that and before the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
The most successful decade for the Bears without a doubt was the forties. Even though the Bears had won twice in the thirties (1932 and 1933), the forties saw the Bears dominate almost every team in the league. The Bears won 4 NFL Championships in the forties (1940, 1941, 1943 and 1946) and also made a playoff appearance in 1942. These championships were a result of Quarterback Sid Luckman’s leadership. The 1940 Championship game against the Washington Redskins made the record for the most lopsided result when the Bears beat the Redskins 73-0. This score still stands as the worse defeat experienced by any team in pro football. The credit for the win goes to George Halas’s use of the Offensive T Formation for the first time.
Most Notable Bears
The Chicago Bears have the most enshrines in Pro Football Hall of Fame and retired jersey numbers. The reason is their massive contribution to pro football in the United States. The history of the Bears starts with George Halas and Sid Luckman who built the Bears from the ground up. They were helped by halfback George McAfee known particularly for his explosive speed, Bronko Nagurski who played both tackle on defense and fullback on offense, Red Grange or the ‘The Galloping Ghost’ famous for his strength and size, Center Linebacker Bulldog Turner and End Fullback Bill Hewitt. All of these individuals played instrumental roles during the Bears most successful era.
However as the fifties rolled in, the Bears seemed to be out of touch. After a wildly successful 40’s, the Bears were unable to win any NFL Championships during the fifties. Although the Bears won the NFL Western Conference Championship in 1956, they were able to reach the playoff only twice in the fifties (1950 & 1956).
The sixties weren’t any better as the highlight of the decade for the Bears was winning the NFL Championship in 1963. For the rest of the sixties, the Bears were unable to reach the playoffs. During the seventies, the Bears reached the playoffs twice in 1977 and 1979. However they were unable to convert it into title wins. The eighties brought a couple of changes to the Bears management. First the death of George Halas left his daughter Virginia McCaskey as the majority owner and her husband Ed McCaskey as the Chairman of the Board. Second, in 1985, the Chicago Bears won their ninth NFL Championship and their first Super Bowl. Throughout the 1985 season, the Bears did not lose a single game except for their 13th against the San Francisco 49ers. The Bears ended the 1985 season with a record 15 wins and 1 loss. Since their last Super Bowl in 1985, the Bears have made it to the playoffs a total of ten times but were unable to convert it into further Super Bowl wins.
The Chicago Bears are known as one of the pioneers of pro football in the US. Over the years ‘Bears Down’ has become much more than just a rallying cry. For Bears’ fans it’s a way of life. This passion is evident in almost all of their games. The last time the Bears reached the Super Bowl was in 2006 where they were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts. And over the past five years the Bears have missed the playoffs. Even then in Chicago, passion for the Bears run high. This is why the Chicago Bears tickets are hard to come by. If you’re looking to watch a team that has almost a hundred years of passion and wisdom behind it, then go watch the Bears play.