August is here and that means NFL preseason is here, too! Who is getting excited to cheer on “Da Bears”? The Bears have been around for nearly 100 years, so generations of Chicagoans, as well as football fans in the great state of Illinois and many more all across the country, have cheered on this historic team. Do you consider yourself to be the biggest Bears fan? Read on for fun facts about our beloved team and see how many of them you already knew!
- The Bears were originally called the Decatur Staleys — sponsored by a downstate agri-businessman — when they helped organize pro football in 1920. (Pictured above.) The Staleys’ first victory was against the Moline Tractors; their first loss was to a Chicago team, the Cardinals. In 1922, the Staleys became the Chicago Bears.
- During the NFL’s first six seasons the Bears had an amazing 34 shutout wins! (Including the time the Bears shut out the Green Bay Packers in 2006, Favre’s first shutout in his 16-year career!)
- In 1932 the first ever NFL Championship game and first NFL game to be played indoors was decided at Chicago Stadium. This was due to the extreme cold and heavy snow falling around Wrigley Field the entire week of the game. The Bears beat the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 to win the first playoff game in NFL history.
- This one is funny: In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge was introduced to halfback Red Grange, who was “with the Chicago Bears,” Clearly no sports fan, Coolidge replied, “I’m glad to know you. I always did like animal acts.”
- The Bears still sit atop the NFL record books in a number of categories, thanks in no small part to the powerhouse teams of the 1930s and 1940s. The team has led the league in more seasons than any other team in scoring, touchdowns, first downs, rushing and fewest rushing yards allowed. For a team started by Halas, who coached a rough-and-tumble style of football, maybe it’s no surprise it also leads in the penalties category.
- The Bears trademark “C’ logo was first displayed on their helmets in 1962. It was redesigned in 1974 by adding the team’s primary colors to the existing logo. The interesting part? The Bears logo is the exact same design used by the Chicago Cardinals from 1920 to 1947. The Cardinals were defunct so the Bears took over their logo.
Catch all the preseason games at Crazy Pour. Here’s to hoping for an amazing Bears season!