The Chicago Bears are more than a football teamthey are a legend. Founded in 1919, the Bears have won more regular season games than any other NFL franchise. With twenty-six players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and thirteen retired jerseys, it’s no wonder the Bears can be defined by three phrases: Big, tough, and full of characters.
The Bears, like Chicago, are not just people. They are personalities. In Amazing Tales From the Chicago Bears Sideline, Bears fans can read about the men who have made the Bears one of the greatest franchises in pro footballGeorge Halas, Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka, Walter Payton, and many others.
Former Bears star Steve McMichael takes a front row seat in this collection of stories. Readers get to walk through the most vibrant years of a charter NFL franchiseas seen through the eyes of a legendary player. McMichael covers it all, from training camp misadventures in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Platteville, Wisconsin, and Ditka’s locker room tirades to nights on the town with Dan Hampton and friends and behind-the-scenes glimpses of extraordinary teammates.
About the Author
Steve McMichael was one of the best defensive players to ever grace the turf for the Bears. He now lives in Chicago, Illinois.
John Mullin is an Emmy Award-winning sportswriter and reporter. He lives in Deerfield, Illinois.
Phil Arvia was born and raised in Thornton, Illinois. He has won numerous awards throughout his writing career. He lives in Thornton, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Foreword Mike Ditka xi
Foreword Dan Hampton xv
Chapter 1 The Jauron Era 3
Chapter 2 The Wannstedt Years 24
Chapter 3 Ditka After xx 42
Chapter 4 1985 77
Chapter 5 Early da Coach 87
Chapter 6 The "Between Years" 92
Chapter 7 '63 Champions and the Sixties 102
Chapter 8 The Original Monsters 115
Chapter 9 The Old Man 129
Chapter 10 Walter 138
Chapter 11 Butkus 148
Chapter 12 The Pack 153
Chapter 13 Afterthoughts 161
Chapter 14 The Early Years 165
Chapter 15 The Criminal Element 177
Chapter 16 The Cast of Characters 189
Chapter 17 The Dawn of Ditka 215
Chapter 18 The Super Season 241
Chapter 19 Bear Weather: The 1985 Playoffs 265
Chapter 20 The Big Easy 275
Chapter 21 A Farewell to Kings 293
Chapter 22 Random Notes from Trail's End 321
Chapter 23 Mongoisms and Other Flotsam 345
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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Some good stories and goog insoght from one of my favorite Bears ever. Thanks Mongo