In 1987, the National Football League Players strike came right after game two of the new season. NFL teams hired replacement players and the season was restarted with them and other players who crossed the picket line on October 4, 1987 and continued for three games. The Bears replacement players were dubbed by some as “spare Bears.” The strike created a certain amount of animosity between regular players and Coach Mike Ditka when the coach supported the replacement players and praised their work, while others vilified them. The Bears were 2-1 with their replacement players. The Bears lost the Divisional round of the playoffs to the Washington Redskins who went on to win the Super Bowl XXII.
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. Great offer today!
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