Chicago Bears 1963-2017 This was the year “Papa Bear “George Halas won his 6th (the club’s 8th) and final NFL Championship. Built on defense –and just enough offense, the club temporarily dethroned Vince Lombardi’s Packers. One year later, the club suffered a pre-season tragedy; 2years later, the Bears drafted 2 legendary players whose jerseys (#40 & #51) have since been retired. From 1969-74, the club spiraled down until Bears GM Jim Finks drafted record-setting, future Hall of Fame RB from Jackson State University. What happened next: more great drafts, significant coaches, one year of glory, and for a few years at least, the Monsters of the Midway were back.