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'85 Bears go to the White House

The 1985 Chicago Bears, arguably the greatest defensive team in NFL history, will make a belated - a very, very belated - trip to the White House.  

Melissa Isaacson of ESPN Chicago said the team will visit the White House for a ceremony with Pres. Barack Obama on Oct. 7. The original celebration was called off due to teh Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which happened two days after the Bears' 46-10 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XX in New Orleans. Pres. Ronald Reagan was in the White House when the Bears won. 

Former All Pro defensive lineman Steve McMichael said he was thrilled at the prospect of going to the White House. 

"Any time in the future the White House wants to honor me, it would be my honor and privilege to show up," he said. "I hope it happens. It's great news to me. We never got to be honored on the White House lawn like all the previous and future Super Bowl winners."

Isaacson also said Mike Ditka, who coached the '85 team, would attend the ceremony. 

"To honor the '85 Bears?" he said. "Of course I'd go."

 

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