Chicago Bears were founded in 1919 in Decatur, Illinois. In 1921 they moved to Chicago and become one of the founding members of NFL, one of two founding franchises still active, the second being Arizona Cardinals, originally also from Chicago. Chicago Bears are owners of many of NFL records, including most members enshrined it The Hall of Fame and most victories. The team has won eight NFL Championships and Super Bowl XX. Since 1971 they play on Soldier Field stadium. Their arch rivals are Green Bay Packers. Below, we are going to take a closer look at Chicago Bears Jerseys.
Chicago Bears’ jersey came a long way from the ones originally used in 1920s. Those were made of wool, blue with tan stripes sewn into then, which were actually made of leather, to help player get a better grip on the ball. In 30s, they changed to all orange jersey and pants, and in 1936 they added orange stripes to the helmets and change jersey color to white. This was described by some fan as “an early version of psychedelia”. The new designed was abandoned after just one season, after the fans showed how much they disliked it.
The familiar navy blue shirts with white, rounded numbers first appeared in 1949. In 1956 they added what was then called a TV numbers, player numbers on the jersey sleeves. In memory of George “Papa Bear” Halas, team added his initials GSH to the sleeves in 1984 season.
Today, they play in white or navy blue jersey with white or blue pants. Both versions of the pans have orange stripe outlined in blue or white along sides. In honor of NFL 75th anniversary, they introduced a third uniform in 1994 season, similar to their original from 1920, navy blue with orange stripes.
In 2002 Monday night football game against Green Bay Packers, Bears wore all blue uniform, combining their home navy blue jersey with blue pants for the first time. They lost the game and didn’t use that combination until 2006 final game against Packers, which they also lost.
In 2005, they introduced orange jersey, which they use in one home game in season that is close to the Halloween. This jersey is regarded as one of the beast in the league, mainly because of its classic design.
Regardless of color, the most prominent feature of Chicago Bears jersey is the rounded numbers. They are the only team in the league that uses them, opposed to block numbers other teams use.
Bears wear navy blue helmets, with large letter C on the sides. The color of the letter changed during their history, sometimes being white, but in recent years orange C is mainly used.
Official mascot of the Chicago Bears is Staley Da Bear, named in honor of A. E. Staley, founder of the original Bears’ franchise in 1919. He made his debut in 2003 season. Before him, Bears had Bearman, which was in fact a season ticket holder Don Wachter, who decided to help the team by cheerleading. He was allowed to run across the field with large Bear flag during the games.