Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Bears Stories Ever Told

Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Bears Stories Ever Told

by Steve McMichael, John Mullin, Phil Arvia


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More than just a football team, the Chicago Bears are a vital part of Chicago culture. After close to a century of play, the Bears have won more regular season games than any other NFL franchise. Here are tales all Bears fans should read. Here is a book they should all own.

With twenty-seven players in the Hall of Fame and fourteen retired jerseys, it’s no wonder the Bears are a beloved, storied franchise. But the Bears, like Chicago, are not just people; they are true personalities.

In Amazing Tales From the Chicago Bears Sideline, Bears fans will read about the men who have made the Bears one of the greatest teams in pro football and the coaches and players that made them great:
  • George Halas
  • Walter Payton
  • Dick Butkus
  • Mike Ditka,
  • Richard Dent
  • Dan Hampton,
  • and many, many more

Former Bears star Steve McMichael takes a front row seat in this collection of stories. Readers get an opportunity to relive the glory years of a charter NFL franchise—as 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 teammates and behind-the-scenes glimpses of historic moments. From first kick-off to overtime play, Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline covers some of the franchise’s greatest moments and is a must-have for any true Bears fan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683581192
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 503,594
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Mike Ditka xi

Foreword Dan Hampton xv

Introduction xvii

Part I

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

Part II

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

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