Call me crazy. Call me stupid. Call me what ever you want, but it wont change my mind on my favorite all time Chicago Bears team. Sure it's easy to say the 1985 Super Bowl team was the Bears best team ever, and I completely agree. But when it comes to my all time favorite Bears team, I'm going with the 2006 runners up.
See I've been a Bears fan all my life, in fact I actually think I bleed orange and dark blue. The Chicago Bears are a religion to my dad, and that's where I picked it up from.
Since I can remember, I have been a Bears fan watching the games with my pops on a cozy Sunday afternoon. I stuck with the good and the bad, and watched the bad eat away at my dad. Must have sucked for him.
The 2006 Bears were similar to the 1985 Bears in a couple ways.
Both were coming off of playoff disappointment the year before, and both had one of the NFL's top defenses. In another similarity you could argue that they both had a dynamic explosive player in Walter Payton (RIP) and Devin Hester.
After the heartbreaking loss to Steve Smith and his Panthers the year before. My dad, my uncle and myself sat there and thought one thing: Revenge. We wanted it bad for next year, we wanted it as fans more than ever. We wanted to see our Chicago Bears get revenge, not only on the Panthers, but the NFL who laughed at us after losing that game.
Fortunately enough for me, I got to go to the opening game of the 2006 season at Lambeau Field against the HATED Green Bay Packers.
We cruised to a 26-0 win over the Packers and the excitement just began.
We we introduced to the NFL's MVP of the first five weeks of the season, but that didn't last long. As much fun as it was watching Sexy Rexy torch the Packers, Lions, Vikings, Seahawks and Bills defense. As soon as it happened, it went away just as fast.
Grossman started playing horrible and had all of Chicago worried. No worries here though. I knew we had a good enough defense to take us the distance. I knew we had the talent to win us the division. It all just fell in place.
The best game from that season came on a special Monday night in October. The 16th of October to be exact.
The mighty undefeated Chicago Bears go into Arizona for the Cardinals brand new stadium opener. Many belvieved that the Bears would easily crush the Cardinals and it would be a blow out. They were wrong. The Cardinals were the team that actually won and crushed the Bears for the first three quarters.
In fact the Bears were down 23-10 going into the fourth quarter, and to top it all off, they hadn't even scored a single offensive point.
The Cardinals were man handling the Bears. Until the fourth quarter.
In what was one fo the greatest comebacks in NFL history the Bears rallied and scored 14 fourth quarter points. Actually there defense scored more points than their offense that game.
As Neil Racker's last second kick sailed way right, I knew their was something special about this team.
The Bears went on to a 13-3 record, only losing to the Patriots, Dolphins and a New Years Eve game to the Packers.
The 13-3 record earned the Bears a first round bye and home field advantage.
The Bears used that advantage to win a great game against Seattle in the Divisional Playoff game, and also to spank Reggie Bush and his New Orleans Saints.
This is why this is my all time favorite Bears team. They were scrappy, hard nose, get the job done type of team. That's what I believe football is about. Dont worry about the money, play for the love of the game.
It's a real shame that this team didnt win the Super Bowl, but hats off to the Colts because they deserved it.
Just think if this team wasn't formed. We wouldn't have Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton arguments, we wouldn't have highlights from one of the best return men ever, and more importantly we wouldn't have the football we love in Chicago.
I remember alot from this team, Tank Johnson's troubles or even the injury to Tommie Harris. The Thomas Jones and Cedric BUST-son saga, Devin Hester and the emergance of Bernard Berrian.
The reason why I pick this team as my favorite was because they were so fun to watch. It was almost suspenseful watching Devin Hester as you waited for him to break a long return, or if the defense was going to pitch a shutout that day.
So I would like to thank you 2006 Chicago Bears, and yes even you Rex Grossman for providing my Dad and myself ever lasting memories.