In 1941, popular songwriter Al Hoffman wrote the song “Bear Down, Chicago Bears.”  He used the pseudonym Jerry Downs. Hoffman was a songwriter of note. Hoffman’s songs were recorded by many recording stars over the years such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, Tony Bennet and others. “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” was written and published after the Bears beat the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFL Championship, 73-0. The lyrics allude to the Bears T Formation which has led some fans believe the formation was new at that time. The T Formation was one of the oldest formations, but the Bears used a “modified” T Formation that included extra features that made a great stir in the game in the late 1930s and 1940s.


“Bear down, Chicago Bears, make every play clear the way to victory;
Bear down, Chicago Bears, put up a fight with a might so fearlessly.
We’ll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T-formation.
Bear down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you’re wearing the crown.
You’re the pride and joy of Illinois, Chicago Bears, bear down.”



More on the Chicago Bears. Here at the other Chicago Bears terms that we have released for the month of September:

Allan Ellis

Space Shuttle and Chicago Bears

Richie Petibon

Bennie McRae

Rosey Taylor

George Halas

Luke Johnsos

Harlon Hill

Dick Gordon

James “Big Cat” Williams

Bobby Joe Green

Fred Williams

Larry Morris

Joe Kopcha

Wilber Marshall

Willie Gault

Tom Thayer

Ted Karras

Joey Sternaman

Wally Chambers

Mark Bortz

Bo Farrington

Gabe Carimi

Keith Van Horne

Two of our books.

We have published several books that cover some material on the Chicago Bears. One of our recent books is called PAPA BEAR AND THE CHICAGO BEARS’ WINNING WAYS reviews the exciting story of George Halas and his dynamic role in professional football for those in middle school and older. Author: Patrick McCaskey. Visit Amazon, Great offer today on this great educational and sports resource for middle grades students! 

Our most ambitious book on sports is a 2014 effort called PILLARS OF THE NFL. This book is a real collector’s book on the 10 greatest coaches in NFL history. It includes stats as well as stories and more. Visit Amazon, this one is also offered at a great price today.

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