By Mike Ditka, Rick Telander

The '85 Bears: We have been the Greatest is trainer Mike Ditka's memoir of a season Chicago won't ever disregard and rivals may relatively erase from their minds. choked with unforgettable behind-the-scenes tales and exhilarating moments together with the dominating win over the Patriots in large Bowl XX, Walter Payton phoning Ditka's place of work pretending to be a lady named Yolanda, Jim McMahon's enduring regard for the therapeutic strength of acupuncture, and the way a rookie named William Perry became a phenomenon often called "The Refrigerator." The staff used to be jam-packed with a forged of characters who have been wildly wonderful off the sector, yet feared at the box. Their dominance was once unstoppable and at their top they appeared like the best group in NFL history—and particularly very likely have been. Taking enthusiasts alongside for an insider's retelling of this ancient season "Da trainer" is filled with tales, recaps and statistics for each ordinary and postseason video game, and top-notch images that captures...

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Jim McMahon can exhale after Kevin Butler’s fourth field goal gives the Bears their final margin. Walter Payton led the Bears’ rushing attack against the Vikings. Enter McMahon. First play: McMahon pass to Willie Gault, 70 yards, touchdown. Second play: McMahon pass to Dennis McKinnon, 25 yards, touchdown. Before he was done, McMahon had completed 8 of 15 passes for a staggering 236 yards, including 43 on another touchdown pass to McKinnon, who accounted for 133 receiving yards. Still, the Vikings got up off the canvas with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Kramer to Carter, bringing them within reach at 30–24.

Unlike many high-profile coaches, he had been a great player. He was high-strung and ornery, unpredictable as a weather vane, and no one had ever considered him a brilliant tactician. But then, his actions were so loud and dramatic nobody much looked at his tactics. He had made so many impetuous mistakes in his life—in judgment, in execution, in choice—that he seemed to be constantly recreating himself out of penance or disgust or boredom into a new, more considerate, more actualized form of human.

The dormant-in-the-summer University of Wisconsin-Platteville made the perfect spot for the Bears’ training camp. Away from Chicago—five hours by car, unless you traveled at Payton speed and risked the almost-guaranteed speeding ticket—Platteville offered little but an insulated environment with lots of good flat football fields and meeting rooms and dorms far from prying eyes. Well, that wasn’t entirely true. Members of the Chicago sports media would reluctantly make the trip—griping the whole way—and fans from southern Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa would pile into the family cars to make the hot summer trips to watch the Bears go through preseason camp.

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