Chicago Bears

Facts and information about the Chicago Bears

  • The first touchdown Matt Forte scored in the NFL came on September 7, 2008 in his first game when he ran one in from up the middle from 50 yards away.  It came on just the fourth time he’d touched the ball.
  • In 1985, the 15-1 Bears’ chance at a perfect season was spoiled with a loss to the Miami Dolphins who are the only team to have ever achieve a perfect season.
  • The Bears have played two football games that have ended with the score being 2-0.  They have won one and lost one and both games were against the rival Green Bay Packers.  There have only been five 2-0 games total in history.
  • The Bears are the only team to have lost to the Dallas Texans, the last NFL team to fold operations and go out of business.  It happened on Thanksgiving Day in 1952 and was lost by the score of 27-23.  1952 was the only season that the Dallas Texans played in the NFL.
  • Greg Olson became the first Bears tight end to gain more than 100 yards in a postseason game ever in a 2010 playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
  • Walter Payton was the first Bears player to ever gain more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.  He was also the first Bears player to do it twice (1977 and 1982).
  • The first interception thrown by Jay Cutler after he joined the Bears was picked off by Nick Collins of the Green Bay Packers.  The intended receiver on the play was Desmond Clark.


  • The first Chicago Bears quarterback to have a 3,000 yard season was Billy Wade in 1962.
  • The first opposing player to reach double digit career rushing touchdowns against the Chicago Bears was Hugh McElhenny who scored ten during his career while he was with the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Walter Payton had ten 1,000 yard rushing seasons during his career.  This is the most that any Bears running back has ever accumulated.  In second place, far behind, is Neal Anderson with three 1,000 yard rushing seasons.
  • Hall of Famer Dick Butkus plays the role of head coach of one of the opposing teams in the film ‘Any Given Sunday’.
  • The first Chicago Bears back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season was Beattie Feathers in 1934.
  • The highest a tight end has ever been drafted is with the 5th pick in the NFL Draft.  This happened in 1961 when the Chicago Bears chose Mike Ditka out of the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Walter Payton caught the first touchdown pass ever thrown in professional football by Doug Flutie.  It was a 27 yarder in the second quarter of a 48-14 victory over the Buccaneers in 1986.


  • The first Chicago Bears quarterback to have more than one 3,000 yard season was Erik Kramer.  He accomplished this feat the first time in 1995 and then again in 1997.
  • When then NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle ruled that Bears Quarterback Jim McMahon couldn’t wear a headband with a logo on it, McMahon proceeded to wear a headband with the name Rozelle on it as a protest.
  • On October 2, 1960, Zeke Bratkowski set a Chicago Bears team record by throwing seven interceptions in one game.  It happened in a 42-7 loss to the Colts.
  • In a 1965 game Gale Sayers score six touchdowns in one game… interestingly, earlier in the day, Packers’ great Paul Hornung had scored five touchdowns in his game.
  • Setting themselves up for potential embarrassment, the 1985 Chicago Bears recorded the song and music video The Super Bowl Shuffle before they had even gotten to the Super Bowl. They went on to easily win the Super Bowl.
  • Jay Cutler’s first postseason touchdown pass was a 58 yarder to tight end Greg Olsen in a win over the Seahawks on January 16, 2011.
  • Defensive Tackle William “Refrigerator” Perry scored a rushing touchdown in the 1986 Super Bowl.
  • The Bears’ Beattie Feathers in 1934 became the first rookie (as well as first player overall) to ever rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season when he gained 1,004 yards on 119 attempts (8.44 avg) in just 11 games.  He would never again come close to that with his second highest season rushing total being 350 yards.
  • The Chicago Bears fight song is “Bear Down, Chicago Bears”


  • Originally named the Decatur Staleys, then the Chicago Staleys, they have been known now as the Chicago Bears since 1922.
  • As of 2007, the Chicago Bears have the most enshrines in the Football Hall-of-Fame with 26.
  • The Bears played the 2002 season in Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois because of extensive renovation being done to Soldier Field.
  • During the NFL’s first six years the Chicago Bears recorded an amazing 34 shutout victories.
  • On December 11, 2005 in a Bears loss to the Steelers, rookie kicker Robbie Gould missed an extra point kick for the very first time.  He wouldn’t miss another extra point attempt for eight years.
  • In the unofficial 1932 NFL Championship game, the Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans in what was the first American football game played indoors, it was played in Chicago Stadium.
  • Brian’s Song is a famous movie made about Brian Piccolo starring James Caan as Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers, it was actually shown on television before it was released to theaters nationwide.


  • For winning the NFC Championship game a team is awarded the George S. Halas Trophy, named for the longtime owner and Head Coach of the Chicago Bears.
  • Founder, owner, player, and head coach George Halas was included with the first class of Hall-of-Famers ever inducted along with fellow Bears Bronko Nagurski and Red Grange.
  • The Bears trademark “C” logo first appeared on their helmets in 1962.
  • Owner and founder George Halas owned the Bears from their start as the Decatur Staleys in 1920 until his death in 1983, an amazing total of 63 years.
  • The Bears moved from Wrigley Field to Soldier Field in 1971 after residents in the vicinity of Northwestern University objected to them playing there at Dyche Stadium.
  • In 13 seasons, from 1975 to 1987, Hall-of-Fame Running Back Walter Payton only missed one game.
  • George Halas served four different stints as Head Coach of the Bears; 1920-1929, 1932-1942, 1946-1955, and 1957-1968.
  • Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith joined his friend Tony Dungy, Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, as being the first African American coaches to take their team to the Super Bowl.
  • Legendary football coach George Allen publicly pursued the Bears Head Coach position before George Halas decided that Mike Ditka was the man for the job.
  • The Chicago Bears Defense is sometimes referred to as the “Monsters of the Midway”.


  • General Manager, and future Hall-of-Fame executive, Jim Finks resigned from the Bears in 1982 after George Halas hired Mike Ditka to coach the team without consulting Finks.
  • Former Linebacker, and member of the Hall-of-Fame, Dick Butkis was originally announced as Head Coach of the XFL’s Chicago Enforcers before resigning and taking another position in the XFL.


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