Wrigley saw five “Super Bowls” of their day – NFL Championships – in 1933, 1937, 1941, 1943 and 1963. All were Bears championships except in 1937. Wrigley saw Bears legends from Luckman and Nagurski to Sayers and Butkus and meetings between legendary coaches like George Halas and Vince Lombardi. Perhaps the most memorable was Gale Sayers’ six touchdown game against the San Francisco 49ers:
Dec. 12, 1965: Bears 61, 49ers 20. Rookie Gale Sayers left everyone stuck in the mud while scoring six touchdowns — an 80-yard screen pass, runs of 21, 7, 50 and 1 yards and an 85-yard punt return. George Halas replaced him with Jon Arnett, who scored on a 2-yard rush, so Sayers conceivably could have had seven touchdowns. “The way things were going, I probably could have scored eight,” he said. He finished with 336 total yards — 113 rushing, 89 receiving and 134 on punt returns — outgaining the entire 49ers team by 6 yards. One of the happiest days in the Bears’ Wrigley history was followed three seasons later by one of the saddest as Sayers suffered a devastating knee injury against the same 49ers.
For all the rich tradition and success at Wrigley, maybe the Bears should move back there.