Chicago Bears: 1985 Bears

Singletary's No. 50 is active again

April, 10, 2013
New linebacker James Anderson will be the first Chicago Bear to wear No. 50 since Mike Singletary retired in 1992, and the Hall of Fame linebacker assured the team it's fine by him.

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Mike Ditka has minor stroke

November, 16, 2012

ESPN NFL analyst Mike Ditka is in the hospital after suffering a minor stroke.

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Hot Button: Better Bears' D -- '85 or '12

November, 7, 2012
The Bears are on an historic takeaway pace, but is this defense better than the one that went 15-1 and won Super Bowl XX?

Steve "Mongo" McMichael states the case for the 1985 Bears, although he did say the current squad has the edge at one position.

Jon Greenberg said the comparison is not as lopsided as many would assume.

Read their thoughts and vote which unit you think is better.

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Dent blames Ditka for not winning 2nd SB

October, 31, 2012

Mike Ditka refused to engage in a war of words with Hall of Fame defensive Richard Dent, who said Wednesday that Ditka was the reason the 1985 Chicago Bears didn't repeat as Super Bowl champions.

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McMahon: I should have played baseball

September, 27, 2012

CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who is suffering from early-stage dementia, has told a Chicago television station that while he appreciates what football has done for him, if he could do it over, he would play baseball.

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Mayor Mongo? McMichael to run

August, 16, 2012
Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Steve "Mongo" McMichael said Thursday that he intends to run for mayor of Romeoville, Ill.

McMichael, 54, is the head coach of the Chicago Slaughter of the Professional Indoor Football League and also is an analyst for ESPN 1000's Bears pregame shows.

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Fund to help kids with head injuries

April, 2, 2012
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The family and friends of the late NFL star Dave Duerson have begun a program to help high school and middle school athletes in his hometown of Muncie who suffer head injuries.

The Dave Duerson Muncie Community Schools Athletic Safety Fund is designed to help them avoid chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition caused by repeated brain trauma. Duerson suffered from it before killing himself a year ago.

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Former Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon says repeated blows to his head during his playing days are taking a toll on him today, which is why he is among the hundreds of former players suing the NFL.
Charles MartinAP PhotoFormer referee Jerry Markbreit has this photo framed to remind him of an infamous day.
Jerry Markbreit still has the newspaper photos framed in his den. The first shows Packers defensive tackle Charles Martin on one knee with Bears quarterback Jim McMahon lying on the Soldier Field turf. The second has the NFL veteran referee escorting Martin off the field following his ejection.

Why keep them?

"It was a nothing game but the very biggest of my entire 43-year officiating career," Markbreit said Monday, 26 years after the November 1986 game, which is getting more attention today for the fact that the Packers were accused of having a bounty on Bears' players, whose numbers were scrawled on a towel fastened to Martin's belt.

Markbreit, 76, now serving as one of nine "trainers" who attends games weekly and mentors NFL officials, relived the play and the moments after for

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Hampton: Packers had bounty on Bears

March, 5, 2012
Charles MartinAP PhotoCharles Martin was able to cross No. 9 off his list after body slamming Jim McMahon in 1986.
Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton doesn't buy for a second that the Green Bay Packers didn't impose a bounty on the heads of various Bears in the season following Chicago's Super Bowl XX win.

"Charles Martin ... he put numbers on his towel to take away all pretense of [not having] a bounty," Hampton said Sunday.

It was Nov. 23, 1986 at Soldier Field, in the team's second meeting of the season, and Martin wore a white towel on his belt with the numbers of several Bears, including quarterback Jim McMahon, who was playing with an injured throwing shoulder.

McMahon was walking toward the sideline following an interception by Packers cornerback Mark Lee in the second quarter when Martin, Green Bay's nose tackle, grabbed McMahon and threw him to the turf, where he landed on his right shoulder.

Bears tackle Jimbo Covert responded by knocking Martin to the ground and referee Jerry Markbreit immediately ejected Martin, who received a high-five by cornerback Mossy Cade as the crowd rained boos on the Bears rivals.

McMahon remained in the game but later underwent surgery, was lost for the remainder of the season and the injury had long-term repercussions on his career.

The Bears believed the Packers had put a bounty on the heads of several of their players, but safety Ken Stills, in an interview with in October of 2010, denied the charge.

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Ditka would have stopped bounties

March, 5, 2012
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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesFormer Bears coach Mike Ditka said he would have stopped any bounty if he had heard of one.
Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka said he would have stopped any bounties if he learned of them, but there were money pools based on different statistical categories.

"Not that I know of," Ditka said when asked if bounties existed during his time as coach. "If it did happen, it would have stopped when I knew of it ...

"First of all, there's no point to it and it doesn't belong in the game. In the old days, defensive players had money pools based on tackles, sacks, interceptions, knockdowns, fumbles caused, things like that. But that's all it should have ever been. I know the story about cutting the head off a snake and the body will follow, but to try to take someone out of the game, personally I don't like it."

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Dan Hampton said the Bears didn't need bounties.

"When you have a team like we had, with nine All-Pros on defense and a regular triage of patients being brought off field, you can say these things are happening," Hampton siad. "I can see that. But on our team, we would be watching film and [defensive coordinator] Buddy [Ryan] and[defensive line coach] Dale [Haupt] and the rest of them wouldn't say, ‘Oh yeah, get this guy.' But it doesn't take a genius to figure out that if Joe Montana was on the bench, it creates a good environment for winning the game.

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Duerson's family sues NFL

February, 23, 2012

CHICAGO -- The family of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL over his suicide.

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SEC files suit against Gault

December, 20, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing former Chicago Bears wide receiver Willie Gault and five others, accusing them of a scam to artificially inflate the stock of a heart monitoring device company.

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Willie Gault's stolen ring recovered

December, 17, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Police say the stolen 1985 Super Bowl ring of Chicago Bears wide receiver Willie Gault has been recovered from a downtown Los Angeles jewelry store.

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Video: Ditkaween

October, 31, 2011

Bears fans gather for a Mike Ditka look-alike contest.