Only time will tell. Rookie guard Kyle Long will definitely have an opportunity to earn a starting position this summer in training camp and the preseason, but it won't be easy. The first-round draft pick will have to make up for lost time after missing most of the offseason program due to a rule that prohibits rookies from participating until after their college class graduates. He'll also have to beat out either veteran free-agent acquisition
How many championships have the Bears won after another Chicago team won a championship in the same year?
From Donald E. on Twitter
In the years the Bears won their nine NFL championships (1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963 and 1985), no other Chicago pro sports team also won a title. The closest that came to happening was when the Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup championship to cap the 1933-34 season several months after the Bears had won their third NFL title. The Bears' 1963 championship did come the same year that Loyola University won the NCAA men's basketball tournament. To this day, Loyola remains the only school in Illinois to have accomplished that feat. Here's a depressing stat for Chicago baseball fans: Since the Bears were born 93 years ago, the White Sox have won one World Series and the Cubs have won none.
I know that Matt Spaeth wore Mike Ditka's No. 89 jersey, but I was wondering who else did.
The No. 89 jersey that the Bears will retire this season in honor of Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has also been worn by John Hoffman (1949-56), Les Cowan (1951), John Aveni (1959-60), Terry Stoepel (1967), Bob Wallace (1968-72), Mel Tom (1973-75), James Scott (1976-80, 82), Ken Margerum (1981), Mitch Krenk (1984), Keith Ortego (1985-87), Will Johnson (1987), Brent Novoselsky (1988), James Coley (1990), Ryan Wetnight (1993-99), Dustin Lyman (2000-04) and Spaeth (2011-12).