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The Great Chicago Fire Of 1871

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Not very many people know much about the Chicago Bears and what their past was like. They have also had a lot of good players. Examples are Harold Grange, Gale Sayers, and George Halas. But the most well known was Walter Payton. The Bears stadium was one of the oldest known until it was rebuilt. The Chicago Bears are one of the most well known football teams in the whole NFL. The Chicago Bears are a very well known team in history because of their history, there Hall of Fame players, and because of its stadium. As a football team, the Bears have a very rich history
The Bears have had a very long history. They have been playing since the league started. The Bears have played all ninety-three seasons. Not all seasons have been winning seasons, but a good majority of the seasons have not ended in loss. They have created a legacy just as the New York Yankees have created their legacy. They have the most retired jersey numbers with thirteen and the most pro football hall of famers with twenty-six players. That is a very impressive feat for a football club. (Hitory by the Decade)
Over all their years in playing football their record is 739-544, and they have forty-two ties. They also lead the NFL with that record. They have not always been called the Chicago Bears, though. When the league first stared out they were called the Decatur Staley’s. They were called the Staley’s because the A.E. Staley food starch company funded the start of the team. In 1921 the team moved to Chicago and became the Chicago Staley’s. They were called the Bears because of the Cubs baseball team. Former player George Halas became the coach and was given 5000 dollars to keep the Staley’s name. In 1922, he changed the name to the Bears to reflect the Cubs baseball program. During the 1920’s the Bears were among the elite teams but never won a championship because the league didn’t have a playoff series in those days. The major highlight in that year was when George Halas signed Harold “Red” Grange for $100,000, which is twice the normal amount teams paid for players. Americans viewed football badly and saw collage football as a pure sport. Despite this, Halas took the bears across the country to showcase Red. The bears that year posted an impressive 11-4-2 record.
Skipping ahead a decade to the 1940’s, the Bears became known as the Monsters of the Midway. From 1940 to 1946, the bears went to five championships and won four of them. In the 1940 championship the bears introduced a new formation called the T. The Washington Redskins were confused by the formation and lost to the Bears 73-0, a record that still stands to this day. In 1944, their record began to fall leading to the losing season in 1945. But “Papa Bear” Halas brought them back in the ‘46 season were they won the Western Championship game and went to the NFL Championship game.(History by the Decade)
From 1947 to 1981, these were known as the rough years for the bears. Combined, they went 237-224-9. This was not as...

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