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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the NFC North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team is legally and corporately registered as Chicago Bears Football Club, Incorporated. The Bears have won nine Professional American Football league championships (eight NFL Championships and Super Bowl XX). The Bears have the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with 26 members. The Bears have also recorded more regular season and overall victories than any other NFL franchise. The franchise recorded their 700th win on December 7, 2008.

The club was founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1919, and moved to Chicago in 1921. Along with the Arizona Cardinals (also originally from Chicago), it is one of only two remaining extant franchises since the NFL's founding. The team played home games at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side through the 1970 season. With the exception of the 2002 season, they have played their home games at Chicago's Soldier Field every year since 1971. The stadium is located next to Lake Michigan, and was recently remodeled in a modernization intended to update stadium amenities while preserving a historic Chicago structure. The team has a fierce, long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers, whom they have played more than 170 times. The current record between the two franchises is 91-81-5 in favor of the Bears as of 9/14/2009.

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League/conference affiliations
Independent (1919)
National Football League (1920–present)

  • Western Division (1933–1949)

  • National Conference (1950–1952)

  • Western Conference (1953–1969)

    • Central Division (1967–1969)



  • National Football Conference (1970–present)

    • Central Division (1970–2001)

    • North Division (2002–present)




Current uniform
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Team colorsDark Navy, Orange, White              
Fight song"Bear Down, Chicago Bears"
MascotStaley Da Bear
Personnel
Owner(s)Virginia Halas McCaskey
ChairmanMichael McCaskey
PresidentTed Phillips
General managerJerry Angelo
Head coachLovie Smith
Team history


  • Decatur Staleys (1919–1920)

  • Chicago Staleys (1921)

  • Chicago Bears (1922–present)


Team nicknames


  • Da Bears

  • The Monsters of the Midway


Championships
League championships (9)

  • NFL Championships (8)
    1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963



  • Super Bowl Championships (1)
    1985 (XX)


Conference championships (4)

  • NFL Western: 1956, 1963

  • NFC: 1985, 2006


Division championships (17)

  • NFL Western: 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946

  • NFC Central: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001

  • NFC North: 2005, 2006


Playoff appearances (24)


  • NFL: 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1956, 1963, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2006


Home fields


  • Staley Field (1919–1920)

  • Wrigley Field (1921–1970)

  • Dyche Stadium (1970; for one home game)

  • Soldier Field (I) (1971–2001)

  • Memorial Stadium (Champaign) (2002)

  • Soldier Field (II) (2003–present)