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The Chicago Bears are one of only two charter members of the National Football League still in existence. Their 1,000-game history started in Decatur, Ill. in 1920 when the Staley Starch Company decided to sponsor a football team. Then on September 17, 1920, the Staleys, with George Halas as their representative, joined the American Professional Football Association, which was renamed the National Football League in 1922. The franchise fee was $100. From the very start, the Bears were one of pro football’s most successful and innovative franchises. They were the first to buy a player from another team — $100 for Ed Healey from Rock Island in 1922. The Bears signed the fabled collegiate all-America, Red Grange, in 1925 and then showcased him before the first huge pro football crowds.
Almost all of the successes on and off the field for the Bears in the 64-year period between 1920 and 1983 can be attributed to George (Papa Bear) Halas, who served the Bears as an owner, player, coach, general manager, traveling secretary, and in virtually every other capacity imaginable. Halas split his 40-year coaching into four 10-year segments. When he retired after the 1967 season, he ranked as the all-time leader in coaching victories with 324, a record that stood for 27 years.
Halas died on October 31, 1983, but the Bears tradition is carried on today by grandson Michael McCaskey, who served as club president and chief executive officer and is now Chairman of the Board. In its first 74 years, the team compiled a 586-384-42 overall record. Chicago qualified for the playoffs 21 times, won 19 division titles, eight NFL championships and Super Bowl XX.
For their first 51 seasons in Chicago, the Bears played in Wrigley Field, the famous home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Since 1971, with the exception of one season in 2002 during the stadium’s renovation, they have played in Soldier Field in downtown Chicago. Chicago Bears tickets have always been a hot commodity.