1925 Chicago Bears season

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1925 Chicago Bears season
Head coach George Halas
Home field Wrigley Field
Results
Record 19–7–3 Overall
9–5–3 NFL
Division place 7th NFL
Playoff finish No playoffs until 1932
Timeline
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< 1924 1926 >

The 1925 Chicago Bears season was their sixth regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–5–3 record under head coach George Halas earning them a seventh place finish in the team standings, their worst showing to that date. However, the 1925 Bears were the most notable team in the young NFL's history to that point—all because of the addition of college star Red Grange. The Bears started slow, just like in 1924, starting the season with two ties and a loss to Green Bay (the Packers' first win ever over the Bears). The Bears regrouped, however, and won 6 of their next 7. More importantly, the college season ended in mid-November and the Bear's owner Halas signed Grange. Grange was under contract but did not play on November 22 as the Bears defeated the Packers in a rematch. When Grange did suit up for his first game on Thanksgiving Day against the Cardinals, an estimated 39,000 showed up to see a 0–0 tie. (A large crowd at that time was about 10,000 fans and most games had less than 5,000 paying customers). That was just the beginning of 7 games in 18 days for Grange and the Bears, most to enormous crowds. Over 70,000 showed up on December 6 to see the Bears beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds—this was by far the largest crowd to see a professional football team and the gate receipts saved an ailing Giants franchise. By the end of the whirlwind football tour, the Bears were exhausted and feebly dropped their last three games, only scoring 6 points total. Even the lowly Detroit Panthers easily defeated the mighty Bears. Still, Chicago's success spurred by Grange put the NFL on the "map" and may have saved the league from an early demise.

Grange had some success in this season, scoring 3 touchdowns overall. Still, the star of the team was Joe Sternaman who scored 6 touchdowns, threw for 3 more, and added 3 field goals and 18 PATs. Sternaman scored 72 of the Bears 158 points.

The Bears embarked on a barnstorming tour at the end of the season, playing games in Florida, Louisiana, California and Washington, usually against local pick-up teams. During this tour, they played in a match-up against a team called the Tampa Cardinals, which was composed of Jim Thorpe and several members of the NFL's Rock Island Independents. The game was played at Tampa's Plant Field and resulted in a 17–3 Bears win.[1][2]

Future Hall of Fame Players[edit]

Other Leading Players[edit]

Schedule[edit]

League schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Record
Sep. 20 Rock Island Independents Douglas Park Tie 0–0 0–0–1
Sep.27 Green Bay Packers City Stadium Loss 10–14 0–1–1
Oct 4 Detroit Panthers Navin Field Tie 0–0 0–1–2
Oct 11 Hammond Pros DePaul Field Win 28–7 1–1–2
Oct 18 Cleveland Bulldogs Wrigley Field Win 7–0 2–1–2
Oct 25 Chicago Cardinals Comiskey Park Loss 0–9 2–2–2
Nov 1 Rock Island Independents Wrigley Field Win 6–0 3–2–2
Nov 8 Frankford Yellow Jackets Wrigley Field Win 19–0 4–2–2
Nov 15 Detroit Panthers Wrigley Field Win 14–0 5–2–2
Nov 22 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Win 21–0 6–2–2
Nov 26 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Tie 0–0 6–2–3
Nov 29 Columbus Tigers Wrigley Field Win 14–13 7–2–3
Dec. 5 Frankford Yellow Jackets Shibe Park Win 14–7 8–2–3
Dec. 6 New York Giants Polo Grounds Win 19–7 9–2–3
Dec. 9 Providence Steam Roller Braves Field Loss 6–9 9–3–3
Dec. 12 Detroit Panthers Navin Field Loss 0–21 9–4–3
Dec. 13 New York Giants Wrigley Field Loss 0–9 9–5–3

Schedule against independent teams[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Attendance
Dec. 2 Donnelly All-Stars St. Louis, Missouri Win 39–6 8000
Dec. 8 Washington All-Stars Washington, DC Win 17–3 7000
Dec 10 Pittsburgh All-Stars Forbes Field Loss 0–24 6000

Barnstorming tour schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Attendance
Dec. 25 Coral Gables Collegians Coral Gables, Florida Win 7–0 8200
Jan. 1 Tampa Cardinals Plant Field Win 17–3 8000
Jan 2 Jacksonville All-Stars Jacksonville, Florida Win 19–6 6700
Jan 10 Southern All-Stars New Orleans, Louisiana Win 14–0 6000
Jan 16 Los Angeles Tigers Los Angeles, California Win 17–7 70000
Jan 17 California All-Stars San Diego, California Win 14–0 10000
Jan 24 San Francisco Tigers San Francisco, California Loss 9–14 23000
Jan 30 Portland All-Stars Portland, Oregon Win 60–3 6500
Jan 31 Washington All-Stars Seattle, Washington Win 34–0 5000

Standings[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972

NFL
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Chicago Cardinals 11 2 1 .846 230 65 W-2
Pottsville Maroons 10 2 0 .833 270 45 W-5
Detroit Panthers 8 2 2 .800 129 39 W-1
Frankford Yellow Jackets 10 4 0 .714 190 169 L-2
New York Giants 8 4 0 .667 122 67 W-1
Akron Pros 4 2 2 .667 65 51 L-2
Chicago Bears 9 5 3 .643 158 96 W-3
Rock Island Independents 5 3 3 .625 99 58 L-1
Green Bay Packers 8 5 0 .615 151 110 W-1
Providence Steam Roller 6 5 1 .545 111 101 L-1
Canton Bulldogs 4 4 0 .500 50 73 L-1
Cleveland Bulldogs 5 8 1 .385 75 135 L-1
Kansas City Cowboys 2 5 1 .286 65 97 W-1
Hammond Pros 1 4 0 .200 23 87 L-3
Buffalo Bisons 1 6 2 .143 33 113 L-4
Rochester Jeffersons 0 6 1 .000 26 111 L-5
Dayton Triangles 0 7 1 .000 3 84 L-7
Duluth Kelleys 0 3 0 .000 6 25 L-3
Milwaukee Badgers 0 6 0 .000 7 191 L-6
Columbus Tigers 0 9 0 .000 28 124 L-9

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