What it's about: The 1985 Bears arguably put together the best single season in NFL history, with an all-time defense built by Buddy Ryan, and an offense featuring the transcendent talents of Walter Payton and Jim McMahon. The team lost only one game all season and dominated the Patriots 46-10 in the Super Bowl, but fans of great football can't help but look back and wonder how a team that could have owned the 1980s walked away with only one title.
What it's really about: Men on a mission, and the toll it takes. A dynasty may seem more historic, but as time drags on, the legend of the '85 Bears seems to have eclipsed that of Montana's famous 49ers. The Bears focused all their energy and efforts into one season for which they will forever be remembered, and the effects were drastic. Many gave up their bodies and minds, and Pro Bowl safety Dave Duerson ultimately took his own life when he could no longer live with the effects of CTE, caused by a multitude of concussions he suffered on the field. It may not seem worth it, but when asked if they'd do it again, most admit they wouldn't hesitate to suit up.Back to top