President Obama accepts a jersey from Mike Ditka, coach of the Super Bowl XX Champion Bears.
It's about time!
United States President Barack Obama makes up for lost time by giving the 1985 Chicago Bears football team a White House ceremony. The team's initial planned visit was derailed by the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster just two days after the Bears' 46-10 win over the New England Patriots in New Orleans.
Part of the team
The 1985 Chicago Bears were so glad to finally get their ceremony they gave President Barack Obama an honorary jersey — and after all, the Bears are Obama's favorite NFL team. And what number did they pick? No. 85 of course, in honor of the year the team won the Super Bowl.
Who's got style?
Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon has always had a sense of humor when it comes to fashion. And to show his gratitude for the ceremony, the QB gave President Obama a headband — one of McMahon's infamous trademarks.
Bears legend Richard Dent was a mean defensive end back in his day. In just his second year in the NFL, Dent recorded one of the most impressive playoff performances in history, leading him to be voted Super Bowl MVP.
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President Obama holds up a headband given to him by former quarterback Jim McMahon. Catchy slogan, Jim!
From us to you
President Obama is presented a team jersey by former Bears head coach Mike Ditka (right). What took so long to get this together? Well, Obama is the first Bears fan to hold the presidency since Chicago romped the Patriots 46-10.
Former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, gives a 'thumbs up' as he walks in with former head coach Mike Ditka (right) and President Barack Obama. Ryan's two sons, Rex and Rob, are two of the most recognizable coaching staff members in today's NFL.
Home, sweet home
President Barack Obama poses for a photo with the 1985 Super Bowl XX Champions Chicago Bears. A little late, but a lasting memory for sure.
Think former Bears QB Jim McMahon tried to get the President to do the Super Bowl shuffle with the rest of the team? It's anyone's guess.
President Barack Obama stands at the podium with head coach Mike Ditka (left) and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan as he honors his hometown Chicago Bears. Hard to believe the game was played over 25 years ago.
Behind every great man
. . . is a strong woman. Connie Peyton (left), wife of Walter Peyton, and Alicia Duerson, wife of Dave Duerson, are pictured as President Barack Obama honors the 1985 Super Bowl XX Champions Chicago Bears.