Bears going old school on Sunday vs. Giants
The Chicago Bears are going back in time on Sunday. If only for three hours.
The team is trading in it’s orange “C” on the helmets for a white one, a move honoring what once was. The Bears changed the logo to its current look in 1974, but before that had white lettering on the helmet from 1962-73.
The son of owner Virginia McCaskey, George, talked to the team website about why the franchise made the move for this game in particular.
“I think a lot of Bears fans remember the ‘60s, especially the ’63 championship team winning at Wrigley against the Giants with those ‘Cs’ on our helmet. And of course Butkus and Sayers and all the great memories they provided. That small change I think means a lot to people.”
For the Bears, many of their greatest players wore the white “C” back in the day. Names such as Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus all did so. Ditka was one of the members of the ’63 championship team, which was able to win a title during the legendary run of Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers.
Often, the league doesn’t allow for a true throwback uniform because of NFL rules. One of the main ones being a team may not change the color or its helmet, largely due to safety issues with having players in the proper headgear. However, this is one of the rare instances where the logo was the only aspect needing to be swapped out, giving an authentic look.
Bears fans are certainly hoping the old-school look means an old-school result. Chicago has been miserable this season watching the team toil to a 4-6 mark including hideous home losses to the Packers, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers. While the postseason seems like pipe dream, the Bears are still technically alive and could at least improve their standing before a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Detroit Lions.