The Chicago Bears are one of the most well respected franchises in the entire National Football League. The team is one of the few remaining teams that were original founders of the league back in the early 1900s. Over the years a number of great players have played for the Bears and the team has played in a number of great games. Here are five fun facts about the Chicago Bears.
1. The Chicago Bears have retired more jersey numbers than any other team in the NFL. There are 13 numbers retired in Chicago, they include the jerseys of Bronko Nagurski (#3), George McAfee (#5), George Halas (#7), Willie Galimore (#28), Walter Payton (#34), Gale Sayers (#40), Brian Piccolo (#41), Sid Luckman (#42), Dick Butkus (#51), Bill Hewitt (#56), Bill George (#61), Clyde Turner (#66), and Red Grange (#77).
2. In a 1961 episode of the Yogi Bear cartoon series, Yogi helps the Bears defeat the New York Giants.
3. Over a career that lasted from 1954 to 1961 before it was cut short because of injury, Harlon Hill retired as the team leader in career yards with 4,616 yards (he has since dropped into second place behind Johnny Morris). Hill averaged an amazing 20.4 yards per catch.
4. The longest touchdown pass in team history was caught by Bo Farrington and went for 98 yards. Farrington only played for the Bears from 1961 to 1963, but still has a place in team history.
5. Thanks to his length of time with the team, the leading fumbler in Chicago Bears history is Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton with 86. The remaining four players that round out the top 5 fumblers in Bears history are Jim Harbaugh with 38, Rick Casares with 35, and Willie Galimore and Gale Sayers with 34 each.
With one of the longest and most well respected histories of any team in the entire National Football League, the Chicago Bears have indeed played a big role in what has gotten the league to where it is today. There have been many great Bears players over the years, and there will be many more to come. It’s obvious to football fans, as well as fans of the team itself, why the Chicago Bears are known as one of the best teams in the entire NFL.