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Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline

A Collection of the Greatest Bears Stories Ever Told

Foreword by Mike Ditka and Dan Hampton

The Chicago Bears are more than a football team—they 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 football—George 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 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 Dan Hampton and friends and behind-the-scenes glimpses of extraordinary teammates.

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.