Nicknames of our Favorite Chicago Bears

Tillman Peanut TattooFor one reason or another, I started thinking about the nicknames of guys that have played for our Chicago Bears over the years.  I thought I would share my findings with you.

First off, we have the team itself.  Thanks to the glorious 1940’s, when Papa Bear created the T-formation, the Chicago Bears are known as the Monsters of the Midway.  To many fans, they’re simply known as, DAAAA BEARS!!!!

Next, we have Soldier Field.  After its most recent renovation in 2003, in some groups it is now known as the Mistake on the Lake.  Side note, I don’t agree with that at all.

Finally, the main attraction, some famous Chicago Bears, and their nicknames.

Name Nickname Years Position
George Halas Papa Bear 1920-1983 Wide Receiver, Defensive End, Coach, Owner
Virginia McCaskey The First Lady of Sports 1983-present Owner
Harold Edward “Red” Grange The Galloping Ghost 1925-1934 Full Back
Gale Sayers The Kansas Comet 1965-1971 Running Back
Walter Payton Sweetness 1975-1987 Running Back
Mike Ditka Iron Mike 1961-1966, 1982-1992 Tight End, Coach
Steve McMichael Mongo 1981-1993 Defensive Tackle
William Perry The Refrigerator/The Fridge 1985-1993 Defensive Tackle
Mike Singletary Samurai Mike/The Minister of Defense 1981-1992 Linebacker
Kevin Butler Butthead 1985-1995 Kicker
Dan Hampton Danimal 1979-1990 Defensive Tackle
Anthony Thomas A-Train 2001-2004 Running Back
Gary Fencik Member of ‘The Hit Men’ 1976-1987 Safety
Doug Plank Member of ‘The Hit Men’ 1975-1982 Safety
Charles Tillman Peanut (his tattoo is pictured above) 2003-present Corner Back
James Williams Big Cat 1991-2002 Offensive Tackle
Terry Johnson Tank 2004-2006 Defensive Tackle
Devin Hester Windy City Flyer/Anytime 2006-present Punt Returner, Wide Receiver
Nathan Vasher The Interceptor 2004-2009 Corner Back

Have I missed anybody? Who is your favorite Chicago Bear with a nickname?

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8 Responses to “Nicknames of our Favorite Chicago Bears”

  1. Orv Beth Says:

    Jim McMahon – Quarterback – 1982-88 The Punky QB,

  2. Orv Beth Says:

    Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Center, Linebacker, 1940-1952

  3. Orv Beth Says:

    Coach Dave Wannstedt – Wanny

  4. Orv Beth Says:

    John Leo “Paddy” Driscoll – Quarterback, 1926-29.

  5. Orv Beth Says:

    Richard Dent-The “Colonel” Defensive End, 1983-1993.

  6. Orv Beth Says:

    Gary Fencik (1976-1987) Free Safety, along with Doug Plank, were dubbed “The Hit Men”;

    Heartley “Hunk” William Anderson- Coach, 1942-45 (Coached the Bears while George Halas was in the Navy);

    Ray “Scooter” McLean, kicker, 1940-47;

    Fred “Curley” Morrison, Running Back, 1950-53;

    Ed O’Bradovich “OB”, DE, 1962-1971;

    WILLIAM ROY “LINK” LYMAN, Offensive Lineman, 1933-34;

    Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski, fullback, 1930-37 and 1943; and

    Edward “Dutch” Sternaman, running back, 1920-27.

  7. Orv Beth Says:

    This was fun! GO BEARS!

  8. Bubba Says:

    Although I am a White Sox Fan, I’ve always thought this story was pretty cool:

    The Chicago Bears Franchise was originally named the Decatur Staleys. The club was established by the A. E. Staley food starch Company of Decatur, Illinois in 1919 as a company team. This was the typical start for several early professional football franchises. The company hired George Halas and Edward “Dutch” Sternaman in 1920 to run the team, and turned over full control of the team to them in 1921. However, official team and league records cite Halas as the founder as he took over the team in 1920 when it became a charter member of the NFL.

    The team relocated to Chicago in 1921, where the club was renamed the Chicago Staleys. In 1922, Halas changed the team name from the Staleys to the Bears. The team moved into Wrigley Field, which was home to the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise. As with several early NFL franchises, the Bears derived their nickname from their city’s baseball team (some directly, some indirectly – like the Bears, whose young are called “cubs”).

    The story goes that a player who was unfamiliar with the Cubs asked what the baseball team was called while waiting to start practice in the early fall. Once learning the team name and seeing the size of the baseball players compared with his teammates, he said something along the lines of “If those guys are cubs, we must be full grown bears.” ….and the legend began.

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