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An honor 25 years in the making

Bears Super Bowl celebration finally gets its day at the White House on Friday

Updated: October 5, 2011, 5:13 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

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 one of the biggest disasters in the history of the U.S. space program.

"All of ...

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