Chicago Bears: White House



Mike Ditka reflects on the 1985 Bears' visit to the White House.

An honor 25 years in the making

October, 5, 2011
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CHICAGO -- Jay Hilgenberg remembers sitting on the edge of the bed in his Honolulu hotel room, getting ready to catch a bus to his first Pro Bowl practice, when he turned on the television.

It was Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1986.

"I was putting my flip-flops on, all fired up to go out there as a Super Bowl champ, and started watching the launch go off," the Bears center said of a scene that would become the biggest disasters in the history of the U.S. Space program.

"All of a sudden," Hilgenberg said of any Super Bowl afterglow, "man, that was the end of that."

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Sources: '85 Bears to be honored at White House

September, 22, 2011
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Twenty-six years after they dominated the NFL with a 15-1 season on the way to a victory in Super Bowl XX, the 1985 Chicago Bears will finally get a chance to be honored at the White House.

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