The Chicago Bears had a lot of disappointing moments in the last few years, but this is a team that is used to success and winning. With success and winning usually comes a lot of memorable moments that people still remember to this day. From the Super Bowl shuffle to other highlights, there have been a lot of moments that stand out, but which one is the best?
Let’s take a look at the five greatest moments in Bears history.
5. George Halas moves the team to Chicago
George Halas was the head coach of the Decatur Staleys in 1920, the second year the team was around. Halas led the team to a 10-2-1 record, but they still had financial issues. In turn, founder Augustus E. Staley turned the team over to his Halas’s control.
Halas ended up moving the team to Chicago and he received a $5,000 bonus as long as he kept the name Staleys for one season. In 1921, they were called the Chicago Staley’s before changing the team to the Bears in 1922. By changing the name to the Bears they were allowed to play their home games at Wrigley Field.
4. The magical 1965 draft
The Bears are historically elite drafters, something that rang true during the 1965 draft. In the first round of the draft, the Bears selected Dick Butkus and followed that up by selecting Gale Sayers. Butkus spent his entire career with the Bears being named to eight straight Pro Bowls.
Sayers’ career was cut short, but he was still named to four Pro Bowls, and if he would have been able to stay healthy, he would have been even more highly respected. The 1965 draft is still the only time that the same team selected two players in the first round, and both players ended up in the Hall of Fame.
3. Devin Hester goes all the way
Devin Hester had a rookie season for the ages and capped it off in quite the way.
In Super Bowl XLI against the Indianapolis Colts, Hester got it off to a flying start returning the opening kick to the end zone. That was the first time ever in a Super Bowl that the opening kickoff was taken back to the end zone. The Bears ended up losing the game, but that doesn’t take away from what Hester did to start the game.
2. Bears select Walter Payton
Most argue that Walter Payton is the best player in Bears history, so the moment the team brought him on board not being on the list would be a mistake. The Bears selected Payton fourth overall with the 1975 draft, a move that changed the franchise forever.
During his 13 year career, he was named to nine Pro Bowl’s and in 1977 he was named the MVP of the league. Payton also did a lot of work off the field and some remember him now more for his humanitarian work. The Walter Payton Man of the Year award is given out every year to recognize a player for their off the field accomplishments.
1. Bears win Super Bowl XX
The 1985 season for the Bears was all about the defense, and they capped it off in the best way possible, with a defensive showcase in Super Bowl XX.
The Bears offense was elite against the New England Patriots scoring 46 points, but people still talk about what the defense did in that game. They gave up only ten points and the Patriots were held to only 123 yards of total offense on 54 plays. The Patriots only rushed for seven yards, and didn’t do a whole lot better through the air.
It was a perfect ending to the best season in Bears history.