Bear Down, Chicago Bears

Bear Down, Chicago Bears

"Bear Down, Chicago Bears"
Song by Jerry Downs
Published 1941
Genre Fight song
Writer Jerry Downs
Language English

"Bear Down, Chicago Bears" is the fight song of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. It was written in 1941 by Al Hoffman under the pseudonym Jerry Downs, though Hoffman appeared to have little connection to Chicago.[1] The song was written during the early stages of the "Monsters of the Midway" Era, as well as the year after the Bears had shocked the professional football world by defeating the Washington Redskins in the league championship game by the score of 73-0, which remains the largest win margin in any game in the history of the NFL.[2] As a result, the Bears became the first team in NFL history to have a fight song.[3]

At home games, a version of the song recorded in 1993 by Bill Archer and the Big Bear Band is played every time the Bears score.

After the Bears' Super Bowl XX-winning 1985 season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed the song.[4][5]

The song was featured in Madden NFL 11's soundtrack.[6]


Bear down, Chicago Bears,
make every play clear the way to victory.
Bear down, Chicago Bears,
put up a fight with a might so fearlessly.
We'll never forget the way you thrilled the nation
with your T formation.
Bear down, Chicago Bears,
and let them know why you're wearing the crown.
You're the pride and joy of Illinois,
Chicago Bears, bear down.[2]


  1. ^ "Bears fight song". 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b Bears Fight Song Lyrics,
  3. ^ "Bears coaching history".  
  4. ^ Taylor, David (2011-07-24). "Bear Down, Chicago Bears - Chicago Symphony Orchestra". Windy City Gridiron. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  5. ^ America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, "#2. 1985 Chicago Bears." Premiered on CBS, Feb. 3, 2007
  6. ^ "Madden 11 soundtrack to feature classics, fight songs - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN". 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 

External links

  • Chicago Bears Official Website