The History of the NFL Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears vs Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLI
One of two "original" teams remaining from the founding of the National Football League in 1920, the Chicago Bears have one of the most storied traditions of any team in the NFL. Winners of eight NFL Championships, including the 1985 Super Bowl, the Chicago Bears have the second-most League Titles of any NFL team - only their arch-rivals, the Green Bay Packers, have more.
No discussion of the NFL Chicago Bears is complete without mentioning George Halas, who was hired by the team's original owner, A.E. Staley, to run the team in 1920. A year later, Halas would purchase rights to the team for just $100, renaming the Decatur Staleys the Chicago Bears. (As of 2005, the Chicago Bears had an estimated value of $871 million by Forbes.com. How's that for an investment?)
The Chicago Bears played in historic Wrigley Field, the current home of the Chicago Cubs on the Near North Side, from 1921- 1970. The team has seen their share of iconic Chicago football players strap on their famous navy blue and orange helmets over the years, and earned a reputation as one of the toughest teams in the NFL. Led by Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman, the Chicago Bears football team won five championships in the 1940's, including a 73-0 destruction of the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFC Championship game.