Remembering The Super Bowl Shuffle


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From the Punky QB to Sweetness himself, Walter Payton, the Super Bowl Shuffle as performed by the 1985 Chicago Bears will bring back memories to anyone who was a football fan in the 1980s. Some loved it, some hated it, and some just found it amusing.

Interesting facts about the Super Bowl Shuffle:

-The song and video were performed and produced on the Tuesday that followed the 1985 Chicago Bears only loss of the season. They had just been defeated by the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football by the score of 38-24.

-The performance of Walter Payton and Jim McMahon were filmed at a separate time and spliced into the project later.

-Backup quarterback Steve Fuller sings lyrics that include the words “Bring on Atlanta, bring on Dallas”. When the Bears had played the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys that season, quarterback Jim McMahon was injured and Fuller started during both of those victories.

-Richard E. Meyer was a co-writer of the lyrics to the Super Bowl Shuffle. His wife, Julia Kallish, appears in the video as the referee who blows the whistle to censor the players.

-Players who had verses to sing by themselves included Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, Willie Gault, Steve Fuller, Mike Richardson, Richard Dent, Gary Fencik, Otis Wilson, and William “Refrigerator” Perry.

-Players who played instruments in the video include Maury Buford (Punter/Cowbell), Mike Tomczak (Quarterback/Guitar), Calvin Thomas (Running Back/Saxophone), Stefan Humphries (Offensive Line/Drums), Tyrone Keys (Defensive Line/Keyboards), and Dennis Gentry (Running Back/Kick Returner/Bass Guitar).

-The team was actually nominated for a Grammy for their performance in the category of Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Duo or Group.

Super Bowl Shuffle Lyrics:

Chorus
We are the Bears Shufflin’ Crew
Shufflin’ on down, doin’ it for you.
We’re so bad we know we’re good.
Blowin’ your mind like we knew we would.
You know we’re just struttin’ for fun
Struttin’ our stuff for everyone.
We’re not here to start no trouble.
We’re just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.

(Walter Payton)
Well, they call me Sweetness,
And I like to dance.
Runnin’ the ball is like makin’ romance.
We’ve had the goal since training camp
To give Chicago a Super Bowl chance.
And we’re not doin’ this
Because we’re greedy.
The Bears are doin’ it to feed the needy.
We didn’t come here to look for trouble,
We just came here to do
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

(Willie Gault)
This is Speedy Willie, and I’m world class.
I like runnin’ but i love to get the pass.
I practice all day and dance all night,
I got to get ready for the Sunday fight.
Now I’m as smooth as a chocolate swirl,
I dance a little funky, so watch me girl.
There’s not one here that does it like me,
My Super Bowl Shuffle will set you free.

(Mike Singletary)
I’m Samurai Mike I stop’em cold.
Part of the defense, big and bold,
I’ve been jammin’ for quite a while,
Doin’ what’s right and settin’ the style,
Give me a chance, I’ll rock you good,
Nobody messin’ in my neighborhood.
I didn’t come here lookin’ for trouble,
I just came to do The Super Bowl Shuffle

(Repeat Chorus)

(Jim McMahon)
I’m the punky QB, known as McMahon.
When I hit the turf, I’ve got no plan.
I just throw my body all over the field.
I can’t dance, but I can throw the pill.
I motivate the cats, I like to tease.
I play so cool, I aim to please.
That’s why you all got here on the double
To catch me doin’ the Super Bowl Shuffle.

(Otis Wilson)
I’m mama’s boy Otis, one of a kind.
The ladies all love me
For my body and my mind.
I’m slick on the floor as I can be
But ain’t no sucker gonna get past me.
Some guys are jealous
Of my style and class,
That’s why some end up on their -,
I didn’t come here lookin’ for trouble,
I just get down to The Super Bowl Shuffle.

(Steve Fuller)
They say Jimbo is our man.
If Jimmy can’t do it, I sure can.
This is Steve, and it’s no wonder
I run like lightnin’, pass like thunder.
So bring on Atlanta, bring on Dallas,
This is for Mike and Papa Bear Halas.
I’m not here to feather his ruffle,
I just came here to do
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

(Mike Richardson)
I’m L.A. Mike, and I play it cool.
They don’t sneak by me ’cause I’m no fool.
I fly on the field and get on down.
Everybody knows I don’t mess around.
I can break’em, shake’em,
Any time of day.
I like to steal it and make ’em pay,
So please don’t try to beat my hustle
‘Cause I’m just here to do
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

(Repeat Chorus)

(Richard Dent)
The sackman’s comin’, I’m your man Dent.
if the quarterback’s slow,
He’s gonna get bent.
We stop the run, we stop the pass,
I like to dump guys on their -.
We love to play for the world’s best fans,
You better start makin’
Your Super Bowl plans.
But don’t get ready or go to any trouble
Unless you practice
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

(Gary Fencik)
It’s Gary here, and I’m Mr.Clean.
They call me “hit man,”
Don’t know what they mean.
They throw it long and watch me run,
I’m on my man, one-on-one.
Buddy’s guys cover it down to the bone,
That’s why they call us the 46 zone.
Come on everybody let’s scream and yell,
We’re goin’ to do the Shuffle,
Then ring your bell.

(William Perry)
You’re lookin’ at the Fridge,
I’m the rookie.
I may be large, but I’m no dumb cookie.
You’ve seen me hit, you’ve seen me run,
When I get the pass, we’ll have more fun.
I can dance, you will see
The others, they all learn from me.
I didn’t come here lookin’ for trouble,
I just came here to do
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

(Repeat Chorus)

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