History and League Success
The Bears were founded in 1919 in Decatur, Illinois as the Decatur Staleys (named after their founder, A. E. Staley) and joined the NFL in 1920 as a charter franchise. In 1921, the team moved to Chicago and became the Chicago Staleys for one year, changing its name to the Bears after the team was purchased by George Halas (who was the coach at the time; the Halas family still owns the team).
The Bears have played in two Super Bowls, winning in 1985 with the famed "Monsters of the Midway" defense. It also won eight NFL titles prior to the NFL-AFL merger. It has the most retired jersey numbers, the most members enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most victories of any franchise.
NFC North Rivals
- Detroit Lions
- Green Bay Packers (the Bears-Packers rivalry is the oldest continuously-played rivalry in the NFL, with over 200 games played; when the NFL celebrated its centennial season in 2019 it began the season with a Bears-Packers matchup in commemoration as opposed to its usual tradition of opening with the defending Super Bowl Champion)
- Minnesota Vikings
- The Bears are one of only two charter franchises (along with the Chicago Cardinals, now the Arizona Cardinals) that are still in operation.)