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**Just in time for the 25th anniversary of this legendary team**
How the 1985 Monsters of the Midway Became the Greatest Team in NFL History
By Steve Delsohn
It’s been twenty-five years since the Chicago Bears won Super Bowl XX with what Bill Parcells called “the best defensive team I’ve ever seen” and an offense surprisingly good for a franchise where the term was often a dirty word. Now, for the first time, DA BEARS! How the 1985 Monsters of the Midway Became the Greatest Team in NFL History (On sale September 28, 2010; Crown Archetype), by ESPN reporter and Windy City native Steve Delsohn, offers a lively, unfiltered account of one of the greatest teams in NFL history.
The ’85 Bears have been called “the most dominant team I have ever seen” by legendary NFL commentator John Madden, and anyone who saw the Bears play in 1985 will never forget how ferocious, electrifying, and downright awesome the team was. Beyond the Xs and Os, the team was filled with dynamic personalities who found conflict and controversy at just about every turn. Based on candid, new, and in-depth interviews with Mike Ditka, Jim McMahon, Dan Hampton, Mike Singletary, Gary Fencik, and other key team members, DA BEARS! reveals new details about this once-in-a-generation NFL team, including:
- The intensity of the rift between head coach Ditka and his defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan
- How William Perry, aka “the Fridge,” went from a “wasted draft choice” to a pop-culture hero
- The ridiculous true story behind “The Super Bowl Shuffle”
- A reexamination of the always testy relationship between Ditka and Jim McMahon
- The terror other teams felt facing the almost impenetrable 46 defense of the Bears
With a quarterback who basically did whatever he wanted and couldn’t care less about what the league or anyone else thought, coaches who would barely talk to one another, a three-hundred-pound defensive end turned running back who stole the limelight from perhaps the greatest halfback of all time, and plenty of partying, there is no end to the great stories that Steve Delsohn uncovers in DA BEARS!
Capitalizing on the 25th anniversary of the team and the ongoing wave of ’80s nostalgia, veteran ESPN reporter Steve Delsohn takes us along with him on the thrill ride that was the 1985 Bears.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
STEVE DELSOHN is the author or co-author of several notable sports books, including the New York Times bestseller Out of Bounds with NFL great Jim Brown. He is currently a reporter for ESPN television. As a teenager growing up in the Windy City, Delsohn sold hot dogs at Chicago Bears games.
ABOUT THE BOOK
DA BEARS! How the 1985 Monsters of the Midway Became the Greatest Team in NFL History
By Steve Delsohn
On Sale: September 28, 2010 • ISBN 978-0-307-46467-5 • Price: $24.99
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