CHIICAGO BEARS HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS 8/3/02–Bears DE Dan Hampton becomes the 26th Chicago Bear enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 2002–The Bears opened a new training camp home for the first time in 18 years, moving from Platteville, Wis., to the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., just 60 miles south of Chicago. The Bears also played each of their home games at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign while the new stadium at Soldier Field was being constructed. 9/29/03–The Bears make their debut in the new Soldier Field against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, dropping a 38-23 decision to the Packers. 10/26/03–The Bears defeat the Detroit Lions 24-16 at Soldier Field to become the first team in the NFL to win 650 games. 12/29/03–Dick Jauron’s coaching tenure ends after five seasons and a 35-46 record. 1/15/04–Lovie Smith is hired as the 13th head coach in club history. 11/13/05–Nathan Vasher returns a 49ers missed field goal 108 yards for a touchdown, setting the record for longest TD in NFL history. 12/25/05–The Bears beat the Packers 24-17 at Green Bay in the first-ever Christmas Day game for both teams. With the win, the Bears clinched their first NFC North title. 2006–Bears claim second straight NFC North title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 13-3 record. 11/12/06–Almost a year to the day Nathan Vasher set the NFL record for longest TD in NFL history, Devin Hester duplicates the feat in New York against the Giants. Hester went on to set the League single-season record with six return touchdowns and most combined kick return TDs in a season with five. 1/14/07–Bears earn first home playoff win since 1991 with a 27-24 overtime win over defending NFC Champion Seattle. 1/21/07–Bears win NFC Championship and a trip to Super Bowl XLI with a 39-14 win over the New Orleans Saints. 2/4/07–Bears return specialist Devin Hester becomes the first player in Super Bowl history to return the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown while Chicago tied a record with 14 first-quarter points. The Bears and Indianapolis Colts combined for a Super Bowl record four 1st-quarter turnovers (2 each) in the first Super Bowl played in adverse playing conditions (rain) at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The Colts would go on to beat the Bears 29-17. 12/30/07–Bears return specialist Devin Hester breaks his own single-season NFL record with his sixth kick return for a TD, setting the mark with a 64-yard punt LANCE BRIGGS CHICAGO BEARS 164 2 0 1 6 Y E A R B O O K return for a score in the final game of the season at home versus New Orleans. 12/7/08–The Bears defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-10 at Soldier Field to become the first NFL franchise to record 700 victories. 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 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. 12/31/12–Lovie Smith fired as head coach following 10-6 season. Bears advanced to 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. 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. 12/29/14–General Manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman fired after Bears finish 2014 season with a 5-11 record. Trestman finishes his two-year tenure with a 13-19 record. In his first season with the Bears the team set several offensive franchise records, including: total net yards gained, gross passing yards, net passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, passer rating and first downs. 1/8/15–Ryan Pace hired as the sixth general manager in team history. George “Mugs” Halas, the son of Bears founder George Halas, was the team’s first general manager, followed by Jim Finks, Jerry Vainisi, Jerry Angelo and Phil Emery. 1/16/15–John Fox hired as the 15th head coach in club history. Fox becomes the first Bears head coach in franchise history to join the team with previous head coaching experience with another NFL team (Carolina Panthers 2002-10, Denver Broncos 2011-14). 10/11/15–K Robbie Gould becomes the Bears all-time leading scorer in the Bears win at Kansas City. Gould also estabished Bears career marks for field goals made (9/13 vs. GB) and field goals made of 50 or more yards (9/13 vs. Green Bay), surpassing Kevin Butler on all three. 11/9/15–QB Jay Cutler surpasses Pro Football HOFer Sid Luckman’s franchise mark for career touchdown passes. Luckman recorded 137 TD passes from 1939- 50. During the course of the season, in addition to career TD passes (150), Cutler established new franchise records for career passer rating (85.5), completions (1,939), attempts (3,134), completion percentage (61.9), passing yards (22,384), passing yards per game (230.8), passing touchdowns (150) and 300-yard passing games (16). MIKE BROWN 2005 The first ever Christmas Day game for both teams, the Bears beat Green Bay to clinch the NFC North.
2016 Chicago Bears Yearbook
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