Chicago Bears Traditions

History by Decades



Highlights from the 2010s

12/20/10

Bears defeat Minnesota 40-14 at TCF Bank Stadium to earn fourth NFC North division crown. Devin Hester breaks NFL kick return record returning a punt 64 yards for a score, his 14th return TD.

1/16/11

Bears earn berth in NFC Championship game with a 35-24 Divisional Playoff win over Seattle.

1/23/11

Rival Packers beat the Bears 21-14 in NFC Championship game at Soldier Field.

2/5/11

Bears DE Richard Dent voted for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the 27th Chicago Bear to earn the honor.

5/5/11

George H. McCaskey becomes the fourth chairman of the board in franchise history.

1/3/12

Jerry Angelo released as general manager after helping the team to four NFC North titles, two NFC championship game appearances and one Super Bowl appearance in 11 years as GM.

1/28/12

Phil Emery hired as the fifth general manager in team history. George "Mugs" Halas, the son of Bears founder George Halas, was the team's first general manager. He was followed by Jim Finks, Jerry Vainisi, and Jerry Angelo.

9/8/12

LS Patrick Mannelly appears in the season opening win over Indianapolis establishing a franchise record with 15 seasons in a Bears uniform.

12/31/12

Lovie Smith fired as head coach following a 10-6 season. Bears advanced to the playoffs three times during his nine-year tenure, advancing to two NFC Championship games, but failed to reach the postseason in five of his last six seasons.

Jan.-Aug., 2013

Bears training facility, Halas Hall, renovated and upgraded to the most advanced in-house multimedia facility in the NFL. Construction added 43,500-square-feet with additions featuring state-of-the-art TV and radio studios, interview rooms, and a technical center. Event space was also added, allowing the team to bring in studio audiences for shows or host business conferences, meetings, receptions, and events, enabling key sponsors the opportunity of conducting business meetings in that space. The multilevel space features interactive wall panels full of images from the team's history.

1/16/13

Marc Trestman hired as the 14th head coach in club history.

10/20/13

Devin Hester returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown to tie the NFL record for most return TDs with 19, tying Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.