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Thursday, October 6, 2011
BBAO: 1985 Bears heading to White House

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

For the second time in three months, an NFC North team will be honored at the White House.

The Green Bay Packers visited President Obama in August to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl XLV. And Friday, the 1985 Chicago Bears finally will get their due for winning Super Bowl XX. That's right. As Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com writes, about 100 players, coaches and staffers from that team will be present for a ceremony that moved off the White House's radar due to circumstances in 1986.

Two days after the Bears' victory over the New England Patriots, the space shuttle Challenger exploded. The White House hadn't yet planned a trip, and the tragedy pushed its priorities in other directions. Obama, of course, is a longtime Bears fan who agreed to host the team if there was still interest. There was.

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