Chicago Bears: The Complete Illustrated History
by Lew Freedman
Hardcover from MVP Books
One of only two remaining charter members of the National Football League, the Chicago Bears are a team steeped in history. With nine pro football championships and twenty-six hall of famers, the Bears are also among the most successful franchises in all of professional sports.
Revised and updated to include the latest seasons on the gridiron, Chicago Bears: The Complete Illustrated History brings the team's vibrant history to life. Beginning with the franchise's 1919 origins as the Decatur Staleys, this lavishly illustrated book presents the highs and lows from more than nine decades of football. Here is the story of the first dynasty under George "Papa Bear" Halas; the "Monsters of the Midway" of the 1940s; the team's resurgence in the late 1960s; its 1985 Super Bowl win; and the run for the title in 2006. Former Chicago Tribune sportswriter and longtime Bears aficionado Lew Freedmen highlights the legends who have donned Bears uniforms, outsize characters like Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski, Sid Luckman, Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus, Gayle Sayers, Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher, and many more. He includes the numbers behind the stories---the stats and team records---as well as pivotal plays in Bears' history, from Halas' T-formation to William "The Refrigerator" Perry's touchdown runs. The book presents a key chapter of sports history and offers a fitting tribute to one of football's most beloved teams.
Then Ditka Said to Payton: The Best Chicago Bears Stories Ever Told with CD (Best Sports Stories Ever Told)
by Dan Jiggetts, Fred Mitchell
Hardcover from Triumph Books
Chicago Bears: Yesterday & Today
by Jeff Davis, Foreword by Gary Fencik
Hardcover from Publications International
The Chicago Bears were once the face of the National Football League. Today they are one of its most popular and most fascinating franchises, selling out game after game in historic Soldier Field and stirring passions in one of America s great football cities. Read Chicago Bears: Yesterday & Today and experience the magnificent history of pro football s charter franchise and the game s most storied team.
Here are some of the fascinating stories included in Chicago Bears: Yesterday & Today:
The pivotal year 1920, when 25-year-old George Halas took a train from Decatur, Illinois where he ran a football team for starch baron A. E. Staley to Canton, Ohio, and formed the American Professional Football Association with other team owners, hammering out an agreement in an auto showroom
Halas nearly five-decade-long tenure atop the franchise, in which he oversaw eight championships, coached six title teams, and became the game s winningest coach
The careers of NFL greats and Chicago icons like mold-breaking quarterback Sid Luckman and back-breaking middle linebackers Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and Brian Urlacher
The age of Iron Mike Ditka, the team s most colorful coach, who won the franchise s only Super Bowl and guided colorful characters like defensive tackle William Refrigerator Perry, quarterback Jim McMahon, and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan
The Bears trouncing of the New England Patriots in the 1985 Super Bowl and their painful performance in the 2007 game, following a dream season
From a foreword by Bears Super Bowl safety Gary Fencik to comments on the arrival of Jay Cutler probably the most talented Bears quarterback ever for the 2009 season, Chicago Bears: Yesterday & Today covers it all.
Da Bears!: How the 1985 Monsters of the Midway Became the Greatest Team in NFL History
by Steve Delsohn
Hardcover from Crown Archetype
Media Published: 2010-
An acclaimed sports journalist and native Chicagoan tackles what many call the greatest team in NFL history. Da Bears! tells the full story of the '85 legends--with all the controversy and excitement--on the field and off.
It's been 25 years since the Chicago Bears won Super Bowl XX with what Bill Parcells called "the best defensive team I've ever seen" and an offense surprisingly good for a franchise where offense was often a dirty word. Now, for the first time, an incredibly candid book takes you through all the games and behind the scenes--into the huddles, the locker rooms, the team meetings, and of course the bars--for an intimate account of that unforgettable season.
Here's how a team that got booed in its regular-season opener ended up winning its first world championship in 22 years, led by the most capable, colorful, and un-PC characters ever to strap on helmets--including Jim McMahon, the hard partyer and so-called punk rocker who became a star quarterback and an antihero; William "Refrigerator" Perry, the rookie giant who turned into a full-blown national sensation; Mike Ditka, the legendarily combative head coach called "Sybil" for his mercurial moods; his nemesis, defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan, who insulted and broke down his players, then built them back up again, military-style; Walter Payton, the hard-nosed running back and mischievous prankster; and middle linebacker Mike Singletary, known for his leadership and his jarring hits.
From the inner workings of their innovative and attacking 46 defense to the inside story of their cocky "Super Bowl Shuffle" music video (shot, amazingly, right after their one loss of the season, to Miami), all the setbacks and triumphs, ferocious hits and foibles, of this once-in-a-lifetime team are recaptured brashly and boldly--the Chicago way.
The Rise and Self-Destruction of the Greatest Football Team in History: The Chicago Bears and Super Bowl XX
by John Mullin
Hardcover from Triumph Books (IL)
The 1985 Bears, with their explosive concoction of talent, personality, eccentricity, and ego, were unlike any other collection of professional athletes that came before them. They changed the way Americans view their sports teams, and no other team since has even approached the phenomenon that swept the nation during the Bears' run to Super Bowl glory. But the volatility that helped make the 1985 Bears the greatest football team on the planet also contributed to their inevitable implosion. This is the real story of one unique team's rise to glory and a behind-the-scenes look at their fall from grace.
NFL Today: The Story of the Chicago Bears
by Nate LeBoutiller
Paperback from Creative Paperbacks
Bear With Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears
by Patrick McCaskey
Hardcover from Triumph Books
The Chicago Bears are many things: one of the charter members of the NFL; the winningest team in NFL history; owner of nine league championships; and home to 26 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, including legends such as George Halas, Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, and Walter Payton. But the Chicago Bears have always been one thing above all else: a family business. Throughout their nearly 90 years of existence, the Monsters of the Midway have been owned and operated by the Halas and McCaskey families. Bear With Me, written by Papa Bear's grandson Patrick McCaskey, invites readers inside their private world and gives fans a unique perspective on the history of the Bears and the family that lives and dies with every game. From childhood days spent bouncing on his grandfather's knee to his current role as the team's senior director of special projects, Patrick McCaskey has lived and breathed Bears football his entire life. Bear With Me features a lifetime's worth of his personal reflections, including his grandfather's days as the team's coach and owner; receiving coaching tips from quarterback Bill Wade; finding himself on the receiving end of Walter Payton's practical jokes; and how owning the Bears has been a blessing for him, his parents, his siblings, and his own children. The Halases and McCaskeys have always focused on faith, family, and football. Featuring amusing anecdotes, poignant remembrances, and never-before-seen family photographs, Bear With Me is a one-of-a-kind trip into the world of the Chicago Bears from a man who has lived there since the day he was born.
The 50 Greatest Plays in Chicago Bears Football History (50 Greatest Plays the 50 Greatest Plays)
by Lew Freedman, Foreword by Doug Buffone
Hardcover from Triumph Books
Guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment--and to spark spirited debate--The 50 Greatest Plays in Chicago Bears Football History ranks and brings to life the most memorable moments in the long and storied history of the Monsters of the Midway. The 50 chapters describe the action, profile the participants, and reveal the rich story behind each play. Quotes, game statistics, memorable photographs, and Xs and Os diagrams of selected plays make this the most comprehensive and unique book ever written about the Chicago Bears.
Chicago Bears 101
by Brad Epstein
Board book from Michaelson Entertainment
Chicago Bears 101 is required reading for every Bears fan! From Staley Da Bear and the Fog Bowl to the 1985 Super Bowl Championship, you'll share all the memories with the next generation. Enjoy all the traditions of your favorite team, learn the basics about playing football and share the excitement of the NFL!
What Bears They Were: Chicago Bears Greats Talk About Their Teams, Their Coaches, and the Times of Their Lives
Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton
by Walter Payton, Don Yaeger
Paperback from Random House Trade Paperbacks
Media Published: 2001-
"Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It's okay to lose, to die, but don't die without trying, without giving it your best."
His legacy is towering. Walter Payton--the man they called Sweetness, for the way he ran--remains the most prolific running back in the history of the National Football League, the star of the Chicago Bears' only Super Bowl Championship, eleven times voted the most popular sports figure in Chicago's history. Off the field, he was a devoted father whose charitable foundation benefited tens of thousands of children each year, and who--faced with terminal liver disease--refused to use his celebrity to gain a preferential position for organ donation. Walter Payton was not just a football hero; he was America's hero.
Never Die Easy is Walter Payton's autobiography, told from the heart. Growing up poor in Mississippi, he took up football to get girls' attention, and went on to become a Black College All-American at tiny Jackson State (during which time he was also a finalist in a Soul Train dance contest). Drafted by the Bears in 1975, he predicted that he would last only five years but went on to play thirteen extraordinary seasons, a career earning him regular acknowledgment as one of the greatest players in the history of professional football. And when his playing days were over, he approached business and charity endeavors with the same determination and success he had brought to the football field, always putting first his devotion to friends and family. His ultimate battle with illness truly proved him the champion he always had been and prompted a staggering outpouring of love and support from hundreds of thousands of friends and admirers.
Written with veteran journalist and author Don Yaeger in the last weeks of Walter Payton's life, Never Die Easy presents Walter's singular voice--warm, plainspoken, funny, self-aware--along with the voices of the friends, family, teammates, and business associates who knew him best at all stages of his life, including his wife, Connie, and their children, Brittney and Jarrett; his teammate and friend Matt Suhey; former Bears head coach Mike Ditka; and many, many others.
Walter made Don Yaeger promise that his book would be "inspirational and leave people with some kind of lesson . . . and make sure you spell all the words right." Never Die Easy keeps all those promises.
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by Gary D'Amato, et al
The Chicago Bears Football Team (Great Sports Teams)
by Tim O'Shei
Ditka: An Autobiography
by Mike Ditka, et al
(Hardcover - June 1987)
Football's Attacking 46 Bear Defense
by Kenny Ratledge
Bob Logan's Tales from Chicago Sports: Cubs, Bulls, Bears and Other Animals
by Bob Logan
Wrigley Field : A Celebration of the Friendly Confines
by Mark Jacob (Photographer), et al
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