You can find Chicago Bears posters from every era of Bears football, from the 1920′s greats like George Halas, Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski to the current fan favorites like Brian Urlacher. Along the way, there have been many greats, including Walter ‘Sweetness’ Payton, Gale Sayers, Mike Ditka and Mike Singletary. Here’s a list of some of my favorites I found on All-Posters.com.
Chicago Bears Posters – Brian Urlacher
It’s hard to imagine that Brian Urlacher was drafted out of New Mexico as a safety. He brought a safety’s speed to the linebacker position, giving Urlacher the added aggression needed to patrol from sideline-to-sideline with the Chicago Bears. Brian Urlacher is no doubt the most recognizable current Chicago Bear.
Most of Urlacher’s posters involve him running after halfbacks or preparing to make a tackle. My favorite is an action photo of Urlacher crashing into Colts runner, Joseph Addai.
Walter Payton broke Jim Brown’s all-time career rushing mark for the NFL in 1984, and became a Chicago Bears legend during his career, from 1975 until 1986. Sweetness was known for his dives and leaps over defenders, especially at the goal line. Several posters feature some of his best moves.
My favorite poster has Walter Payton leaping over one of his blockers as Detroit Lions try to tackle him. Another has Payton in mid-air and looking at his defenders (who are out of the picture) with determination. A third favorite of mine is Payton leaping at the goalline over several Pittsburgh Steelers.
One of the most-loved Chicago Bears of all time was Gale Sayers. When Sayers broke into the league in 1965, he led the NFL with 22 all-purpose touchdowns as a rookie. Injuries would first slow, then cut short, Gale Sayers career, but he was voted to the NFL Hall of Fame on the strength of only six seasons, a testament to the greatness of this player.
There are several good Gale Sayers posters at Allposters. There’s a classic black-and-white photo of Sayers carrying the ball through traffic, making a cut as a Bears teammate lays sprawled on the ground in front of him. My favorite is a picture of Gale Sayers making a move on an overmatched New York Giants linebacker. A third photo has Sayers on the sidelines with his helmet off, looking contemplative.
Soldier Field has been integral throughout Chicago Bears history. The Bears have played all but four seasons in Soldier Field, though it was known as Chicago Municipal Stadium its first year in 1924. Its name is meant to serve as a memorial to all American soldiers who have died in foreign wars, though the name (given in 1924) certainly had in mind the carnage of World War I.
All Posters has pictures of Soldier Field both before and after its renovation in 2003.
Few teams have gotten more acclaim than the 1985 Chicago Bears 15-1 Super Bowl XX team. The ’85 Bears Defense is considered by many to be the finest defense ever, and it is certainly the most famous. Led by Jim McMahon, Willie Gault and Walter Payton on offense and Richard Dent, Mike Singletary and William "The Refrigerator" Perry on defense. I would like to see a Super Bowl Shuffle poster, which would memorialize the exploits of this lovable yet fearsome team. The best we have is this Mike Ditka poster, with Ditka stalking the sidelines and giving the business to McMahon.
Jim McMahon may not have had the fanciest numbers during his time as Chicago Bears quarterback, but McMahon brought a swagger to the team whenever he was their passer. After 1985, McMahon increasingly battled injuries, which may have damaged the Bears chances to repear their ’85 Superbowl as much as any one thing.
In a classic posters, All Posters has a snapshot of McMahon on the sidelines in a timeout talking with head coach Mike Ditka. The two seem to be in a heated exchange, as frost from the cold winter air drifts slowly above them. This is a more close-up view from the last poster featured.
Mike Ditka is the epitome of the Chicago Bears. Iron Mike, as he was known in his playing and coaching career, brought a toughness to whichever team he was on. Ditka has been instrumental in the Chicago Bears last two NFL titles, as a tight end on the 1963 team and the head coach of the 1985 squad.
All Posters has several pictures of Ditka during his Bears coaching stint. One has Ditka wearing a sports coat with a navy blue Chicago Bears sweater underneath, while the aforementioned Ditka/McMahon poster is a classic. A third Iron Mike Ditka poster is from his playing days, wearing his jersey #89 and his one-visor helmet, staring off into the distance of Soldier Field.
Mike Singletary was the heart and soul of the Chicago Bears defenses during the 1980′s. He brought an intensity and an intelligence to a defense which often seemed blitz-happy and impulsive in Buddy Ryan’s 46-Defense days. Every time I think of Mike Singletary, I think of John Madden saying, "Look at the intensity in those eyes," and the CBS cameras focuses in on Singletary’s eyes.
The Mike Singletary poster has him barking out signals at the line of scrimmage, as the Bears face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their creampie uniforms.
William "The Refrigerator" Perry was a rookie defensive tackle in 1985 when Mike Ditka made him a goal line fullback. Perry not only blocked for Walter Payton as a 300-lb. fullback, but actually scored several touchdowns that season. The Refrigerator’s two-way production, his winning smile and his starring role in the Super Bowl Shuffle video made William Perry a television star in ’85. All Posters has a photo of Perry rushing the passer against the Oakland Raiders (actually L.A. Raiders at the time).
The current Chicago Bears teams doesn’t have a whole lot of offensive difference makers. Kick returner and backup wide receiver Devin Hester is probably their best weapon. Hester was drafted as a defensive back, but moved to flanker after his amazing rookie season. Several other posters have Devin Hester in action poses running back kicks.
AllPosters has a poster of Devin Hester making moves on the Indianapolis Colts in the Bears Superbowl loss. There’s also a sweet picture of Hester breaking away during his time with the University of Miami Hurricanes.