Team Facts

Firsts, Records, Odds & Ends

Franchise Granted:
September 17, 1920 as the Decatur Staleys, Charter Member of NFL

First Season:
1920; Moved to Chicago, 1921; changed nickname to Bears, 1922

Stadium:
Soldier Field

Super Bowl Championship:
XX

NFL Championships:
1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963

NFC Championships:
1985, 2006

NFL Western Division Championships:
1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1956, 1963

NFC Central Division Championships:
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001

NFC North Division Championships:
2005, 2006, 2010

All-Time Record:
(At Start of 2017 Season)
761-586-42

Retired Uniform Numbers:
#3 Bronko Nagurski
#5 George McAfee
#7 George Halas
#28 Willie Galimore
#34 Walter Payton
#40 Gale Sayers
#41 Brian Piccolo
#42 Sid Luckman
#51 Dick Butkus
#56 Bill Hewitt
#61 Bill George
#66 Bulldog Turner
#77 Red Grange
#89 Mike Ditka

 

  • First Game: A 20-0 victory over Moline, 10/3/20.
  • First Winning Season: 1920 (10-1-2).
  • First Championship Season: 1921
  • First Player Deal: The Bears purchased tackle Ed Healey's contract from the Rock Island Independents for $100, 11/27/22.
  • First Player Drafted: T Joe Stydahar, 1936.
  • First Bears Elected to the Hall of Fame: HB Red Grange, Owner/Coach/E George Halas, FB Bronko Nagurski, 1963 Charter Members.
  • First To Pass 400 Yards In A Game: Sid Luckman, 433 yards vs. the New York Giants, 11/14/43.
  • Longest Run From Scrimmage: Bill Osmanski rushed 86 yards vs. the Chicago Cardinals, 10/15/39.
  • First to Rush 100 Yards In A Game: Bronko Nagurski, 124 yards vs. the Portsmouth Spartans, 11/26/33 (the first year official statistics were recorded).
  • First 1,000-Yard Rusher: Beattie Feathers became the first back in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He gained 1,004 yards in 1934.
  • Most Career Rushing Yards: Walter Payton, 16,726 yards (1975-1987).
  • Most Career Passing Yards: Jay Cutler, 18,725 yards (2009-2014).
  • Most Career Receptions: Walter Payton, 492 receptions (1975-1987).
  • All-Time Leading Scorer: Kevin Butler, 1,116 points (1985-1995).
  • First Super Bowl Appearance: A 46-10 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX, 1/26/86.
  • Most Lopsided Win: A 73-0 victory over the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFL Championship game.
  • Last Player To Play Without A Helmet: End Dick Plasman played without a helmet as late as the 1940 NFL Championship game. He was the last NFL player to do so.



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