Decatur Staleys

    The Decatur Staleys, which are the modern day Chicago Bears, were an American football team based in Decatur, Illinois.

    Football Almanac is pleased present a comprehensive Decatur Staleys history menu which includes links to every Decatur Staleys roster in history (every roster has every player who appeared in a game so this means every Decatur Staleys player is just a click away as well), some Decatur Staleys franchise facts, Decatur Staleys regular season records, Decatur Staleys Hall of Famers and other Decatur Staleys historical facts.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: See Chicago Bears team page for a comprehensive franchise history. This page ONLY contains data about the team while it was playing as the Staleys, and not during its franchise.

How did the Staleys become the Bears? When this team became a charter member of the American Professional Football Association (APFA) in 1920, the team was located in Decatur, IL, and was named after team sponsor, the Staley Starch Company. The team moved to Chicago in 1921 and became the Chicago Staleys. In 1922, after team founder-manager and star end George Halas purchased the team, he changed the name to the Bears. Halas reasoned that because football players were generally bigger than baseball players, and the city’s baseball team was the Cubs, then logically the football team should be the Bears. - Pro Football Hall of Fame (Franchise nicknames, Source)

Decatur Staleys

Decatur Staleys History by Football Almanac

Year Established:

1919

Team Colors:

              

Home Town:

Decatur, Illinois [1921-Today]

Mascot:

Staley Da Bear

 

Decatur, Illinois [1919-1920]

   
Year League Conference Team Rosters Wins Losses Ties Coach(es)
1920 APFA 1920 Decatur Staleys 5 1 2 George Halas
Decatur Staleys History by Football Almanac


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