Durbin Attends White House Celebration of 1985 Superbowl Champion Chicago Bears
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) will join President Barack Obama in welcoming the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears to the White House to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Super Bowl victory.
“No one from Illinois will ever forget the day when the Monsters of the Midway triumphed over the New England Patriots by a score of 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. Nearly undefeated, they marched fearlessly to the National Championship, but they did it with a sense of style, grace and respect for the game that is rare in professional sports.
“That legendary season solidified places in history for da coach, Mike Ditka, defensive coach Buddy Ryan, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Famer Richard Dent, quarterback Jim McMahon, William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry, Mike Singletary, Walter ‘Sweetness’ Payton and every other member of the team.
“The 1985 Chicago Bears have been a source of pride and joy for Chicagoans and all of Illinois for over 25 years. I am honored to join President Obama in welcoming the 1985 Chicago Bears to Washington, DC which I hope will help keep their story alive for the next generation of Bears fans.”
“Chicago Bears, bear down.”
Durbin invited former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon as his guest. In 1986, Dixon sent a letter to President Ronald Regan asking him to host a reception for the team. Unfortunately, in 1986, the team’s White House reception was canceled due to the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy. However, Dixon will be unable to attend today’s White House ceremony.
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