Chicago Bears History

Events in Sport

  • 1920-10-17 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1922-06-24 Charter NFL club Chicago Staleys renamed Chicago Bears by team founder, owner and head coach George Halas

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • 1922-10-01 Former Chicago Staleys play first NFL game as Chicago Bears; beat Racine Legion, 6-0 at Horlick Field, Racine, Wisconsin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925-11-21 Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • 1925-12-06 Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 19-7
  • 1929-11-28 Chicago fullback Ernie Nevers sets NFL record for most points scored in a single game with all 40 in the Cardinals' 40–6 rout of Chicago Bears; Nevers has NFL record 6 touchdowns and 4 extra points
  • 1932-12-18 National Football League Championship; Playoff, Chicago Stadium: Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans, 9-0
  • 1933-04-17 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21
  • 1933-11-05 Chicago Bears 30 game unbeaten streak ends to Patriots (10-0)

Sport awardNFL Championship

1933-12-17 National Football League Championship - 1st title game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 23-21; "Bronko Nagurski Rule" - forward pass is legal anywhere behind line of scrimmage

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1934-08-31 1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432)
  • 1934-11-29 Chicago Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally

Sport awardNFL Championship

1934-12-09 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants defeat Chicago Bears, 30-13

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1935-08-29 2nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 5, All-Stars 0 (77,450)
  • 1937-12-12 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Washington Redskins beat Chicago Bears, 28-21
  • 1938-09-18 Chicago Bears beat Green Bay Packers 2-0

  • 1938-10-09 Cleveland Browns & Chicago Bears play a penalty free NFL game
  • 1940-12-08 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio
  • 1940-12-10 1941 NFL Draft: Tom Harmon from University of Michigan first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1940-12-29 3rd NFL All Star Game: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars, 28-14
  • 1941-08-28 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)
  • 1941-12-21 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
  • 1941-12-21 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 37-9; first team in NFL championship game era (since 1933) to win consecutive titles; Bears 5th title overall
  • 1942-01-04 4th NFL All Star Game, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat NFL All-Stars, 35-24
  • 1942-08-28 9th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 21, All-Stars 0 (101,100)
  • 1942-12-13 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins upset Chicago Bears, 14-6
  • 1943-11-14 Chic Bear Sid Luckman passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Giants (56-7)
  • 1943-12-26 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 41-21; Bears 6th title
  • 1944-08-30 11th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 24, All-Stars 21 (48,769)
  • 1946-12-15 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 24-14; record attendance 58,346 at final NFL title game played at Polo Grounds
  • 1946-12-16 1947 NFL Draft: Bob Fenimore from University of Oklahoma A&M first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1947-08-22 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • 1949-12-11 Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
  • 1951-11-25 Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears
  • 1951-11-25 Cleveland halfback Dub Jones ties the NFL record for most touchdowns in a game crossing for 6 in Browns 42-21 win v Chicago Bears at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1955-10-01 Baltimore Colts fullback Alan Ameche becomes the first rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards rushing in his first 2 games; totals 153 against Detroit Lions after 194 yards in debut v Chicago Bears

  • 1956-12-30 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: New York Giants beat Chicago Bears, 47-7; Giants' 4th NFL title
  • 1958-11-02 Los Angeles Rams beat Chicago Bears, 41-35 before 90,833 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum; NFL single-game attendance record
  • 1959-01-11 9th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 28-21; MVPs: Frank Gifford, NY Giants, HB; Doug Atkins, Chicago Bears, DE
  • 1960-08-15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • 1961-01-14 Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
  • 1961-08-05 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes (CFL), 34-16 in a pre-season exhibition at Molson Stadium in Montreal
  • 1961-09-17 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961-09-17 Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1963-12-29 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 14-10; Giants 3rd consecutive championship defeat; played in temperatures under 10 °F (−12 °C)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1965-12-12 Chicago halfback Gale Sayers ties NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 6 in 61–20 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1967-01-22 17th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 20-10; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Floyd Peters, Philadelphia Eagles, DT
  • 1968-01-21 18th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 38-20; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Dave Robinson, Green Bay Packers, DT
  • 1970-01-18 20th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 16-13; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; George Andrie, Dallas Cowboys, DE
  • 1975-11-23 Bob Thomas of Chicago Bears kicks 55-yard field goal
  • 1978-01-23 NFL Pro Bowl, Tampa Stadium: NFC beats AFC, 14-13; MVP: Walter Peyton, Chicago Bears, RB
  • 1982-09-19 New Orleans Saints 1st road shutout victory beating Chicago Bears 10-0
  • 1983-09-18 New Orleans Saints 1st OT victory; beating Chicago Bears 34-31
  • 1985-01-06 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 23-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-02 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan almost come to blows at halftime in a 38-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl, Miami; Chicago's only loss of the NFL season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 1986-01-12 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-0
  • 1986-01-26 Super Bowl XX, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10; MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
  • 1986-08-03 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • 1989-01-08 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 28-3
  • 2004-09-12 Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 20-16 at Soldier Field to snap their NFL-record 24-game road losing streak
  • 2007-01-21 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New Orleans Saints, 39-14

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2007-02-04 Super Bowl XLI, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, FL: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17; MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2011-01-23 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears, 21-14
  • 2013-12-09 Mike Ditka's #89 jersey is retired by the Chicago Bears
  • 2018-09-09 Green Bay Packers start 100th season with historic 24-23 comeback win over Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field; first ever Packer recovery from 17+ points deficit at 3/4 time (20-3)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894-12-28 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)

Person of interestGeorge Halas

1895-02-02 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • 1896-12-06 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1898-11-30 Roy "Link" Lyman, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1903-05-27 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)

Person of interestRed Grange

1903-06-13 Harold "Red" Grange, American "Galloping Ghost" of football (University of Illinois, Chicago Bears), born in Forksville, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • 1905-04-17 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), born in Little Falls, Minnesota (d. 1963)

Person of interestBronko Nagurski

1908-11-03 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Rainy River, Ontario (d. 1990)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 1909-10-08 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • 1910-04-08 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1912-03-03 Joe Stydahar, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1916-04-11 Dan Fortmann, American football guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pearl River, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1916-11-21 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1918-03-13 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • 1919-11-10 Bulldog Turner, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Plains, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1925-01-04 Johnny Lujack, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1947; National C'ship 1943, 46-47; Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1950-51; Chicago Bears), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1925-01-21 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1930-04-02 Bill McColl, American College Football Hall of Fame end (Stanford; NFL: Chicago Bears 1952-59), born in San Diego, California
  • 1930-10-04 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-27 Bill George, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, LA Rams), born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)
  • 1931-07-04 Rick Casares, American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1937-07-04 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1942-02-10 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), born in Midland, Michigan (d. 2020)

Person of interestGale Sayers

1943-05-30 Gale Sayers, American College / Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (4 x Pro Bowl; 5 x 1st Team All Pro; Chicago Bears), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2020)

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1944-01-01 Dick Gordon, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1970-71, Chicago Bears), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1954-06-11 Gary Fencik, American NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestWalter Payton

1954-07-25 Walter Payton, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (9-time Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1955-06-14 Vince Evans, American football quarterback (USC; MVP Rose Bowl 1977; NFL: Chicago Bears, LA / Oakland Raiders), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1959-08-21 Jim McMahon, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1959-10-09 Mike Singletary, American NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1960-09-05 Willie Gault, American NFL receiver (Chicago Bears, LA Raiders), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1962-07-24 Kevin Butler, NFL kicker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1962-12-16 William "The Refrigerator" Perry, NFL defensive lineman (Chicago Bears), born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • 1963-12-23 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1995; Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts) and coach (Stanford 2007–10; SF 49ers 2011–14; Michigan (2015–20), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1964-11-06 Erik Kramer [William Erik Kramer] American former NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Encino, California
  • 1964-11-26 Jeff Jaeger, American NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1965-06-11 Joe Cain, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965-07-03 Vinson Smith, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Statesville, North Carolina
  • 1966-01-06 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1966-05-19 Keith Jennings, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966-08-07 Tony Stargell, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Chicago Bears), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1966-09-28 Scott Adams, NFL offensive linesman (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966-11-21 Jerry Fontenot, NFL center/guard (Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1966-12-01 Steve Walsh, American NFL quarterback and CFL coach (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1967-01-01 Andy Heck, American NFL tackle and coach (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears; coach University of Virginia), born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1967-02-20 Tom Waddle, NFL player (Chicago Bears/Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1967-03-16 John Mangum, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1967-06-06 Michael Timpson, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967-10-25 Anthony Johnson, American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1968-02-17 Bryan Cox, American NFL linebacker and coach (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1968-03-07 Ricky Proehl, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears)
  • 1968-03-29 James O. Williams, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1968-04-28 Mark Carrier, NFL safety (Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-02-14 Jeff Graham, American NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, NY Jets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1969-03-13 Chris Zorich, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969-04-07 Jeremy Lincoln, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1969-06-18 Jay Leeuwenburg, American NFL guard/center (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1969-06-26 Troy Auzenne, American NFL tackle (Chicago Bears), born in El Monte, California
  • 1969-12-17 Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-01-14 Tyrone Hughes, American NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1970-01-28 Barry Minter, NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-02-19 Garland Hawkins, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-03-19 Rick Mirer, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-03-20 Todd Burger, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-04-18 Carl Simpson, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Vidalia, Georgia
  • 1970-06-05 Todd Burger, American NFL player (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-06-19 Chris Gray, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-08-09 Chris Gedney, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970-09-09 Mike Faulkerson, American football fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Kingsport, Tennessee
  • 1970-09-10 Robert Green, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-09-16 Anthony Marshall, American NFL safety (Chicago Bears), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1970-09-17 Al Fontenot, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-10-20 Greg Primus, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-11-05 Ryan Wetnight, American NFL tight end (Chicago Bears), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970-11-28 Todd Perry, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-12-23 Raymont Harris, American football running back (Chicago Bears), born in Lorain, Ohio
  • 1971-01-06 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Haughton, Louisiana
  • 1971-03-13 Curtis Conway, American NFL wide receiver and kick returner (Chicago Bears), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971-04-20 Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears), born in Lenapah, Oklahoma
  • 1971-04-27 James Burton, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Torrance, California
  • 1971-05-26 Darwin Ireland, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-08-27 Jim Flanigan, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-09-04 John Thierry, American football defensive end (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1971-09-17 Octus Polk, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-09-27 Alonzo Spellman, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-09-28 Marcus Spears, NFL/WLAF guard/tackle (Chicago Bears, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971-12-15 Chris Maumalanga, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Az Cardinals)
  • 1971-12-17 Carl Reeves, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971-12-23 Steve Stenstrom, American football quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Lake Forest, California
  • 1971-12-25 Marlon Forbes, American football cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1972-01-23 Anthony Peterson, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, SF 49ers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972-01-26 Harrison Houston, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-02-25 Sean Harris, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-03-08 Pat Riley, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972-06-02 Dwayne Joseph, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972-08-14 Evan Pilgrim, American NFL guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pittsburg, California
  • 1972-08-23 Tony Carter, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1972-10-22 Tyrone Williams, Canadian American football defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1972-11-11 Jack Jackson, NFL/CFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1973-01-04 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears), born in East Setauket, New York

Weddings in Sport

  • 2013-06-08 TV personality Kristin Cavallari (26) weds Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (30) in Nashville, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport

  • 1963-10-02 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), dies from heart failure at 58
  • 1971-09-05 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 74

Person of interestGeorge Halas

1983-10-31 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas

Person of interestBronko Nagurski

1990-01-07 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback (Chicago Bears), dies at 81

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 1997-09-23 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • 1998-07-05 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 81
  • 1998-10-30 Bulldog Turner, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 79

Person of interestWalter Payton

1999-11-01 Walter Payton, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (9-time Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears), dies of Cholangiocarcinoma at 45

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 2003-03-31 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), dies at 78
  • 2009-03-04 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), dies at 90
  • 2016-03-09 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • 2016-12-05 Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • 2020-05-16 Michael McCaskey, American NFL executive (Chicago Bears president 1983-98; chairman 1999-2011), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2020-05-29 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), dies at 82
  • 2020-08-12 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), dies after a motorcycle accident at 78