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Est. 1920


Walter Payton - RB - 16,726 Rushing Yards

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The Bears are one of two charter members of the NFL that still exist (along with the Arizona Cardinals). The franchise started in 1920 in Decatur, Ill. as the Decatur Staleys of the American Professional Football Association, which would become the NFL in 1922.  

Team History

  • The Bears played in Wrigley Field, the famous home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, from 1921 to 1970. 
  • The Bears’ oldest rivalry is with the Arizona Cardinals. The two teams played each other for the first time in 1920.  
  • The Bears were the first team to buy a player from another team, paying $100 for Ed Healey from Rock Island in 1922.
  • The Bears won four NFL championships in the 1940s, including a 73-0 victory over Washington in 1940.  
  • Despite winning nearly 60 percent of their games in the 1950s, the Bears did not win an NFL title and made only one playoff appearance. They finally broke a 17-year championship drought with a 14-10 win over the New York Giants in 1963. 
  • The Bears won their first and only Super Bowl in 1986 when they defeated the New England Patriots, 46-10. 

Team Facts 

  • Seasons: 104 (1920-2023) 
  • Winningest Coach: George Halas (W-L-T): 318-148-31
  • Super Bowl Titles: 1 
  • Record going into 2023 season: (W-L-T) 786-624-42
  • Playoff Record:17-20
  • Most Career Yards Rushing: Walter Payton, 16,726 (1975-87) 
  • Most Career Yards Passing: Jay Cutler, 23,443 (2009-16)
  • Most Career Receptions: Walter Payton, 492 (1975-87)
  • Most Career Sacks: Richard Dent, 124.5 (1983-93, 95)
  • Most Career Interceptions: Gary Fencik, 38 (1976-87)
  • Most Career Points: Robbie Gould 1,207 (2005-15)
  • Current Team Owner: Virginia Halas McCaskey


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