Dream match-up

McMahon vs. Marino? Sounds like a sports fan's dream. This fantasy will become a reality as many of the ‘85 World Championship Bears reunite against a Marino led All-Pro team for a once-in-a-lifetime flag football game to be held at Soldier Field on October 11.

Chicago legends scheduled to appear include William "Refrigerator" Perry, Dave Duerson, Otis Wilson, Willie Gault, Kevin Butler, Dan Hampton, Shaun Gayle, Emery Moorehead and Dennis McKinnon. Marino's team will feature Roger Craig, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Billy Sims, Andre Reed, Eddie Payton and other All-Pros from the 80's and 90's. Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus will serve as honorary captain of the Bears squad.

"This is going to be a great event," said former Bears "Punky QB" Jim McMahon during a recent visit to the Solider Field construction site. "We had a lot of special players on that 1985 team, and it should be an exciting game. It will be nice to see everybody again. I just hope that Too Tall doesn't have a flashback."

There is also talk of doing something special in honor of the late Walter Payton at the reunion.

Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. Festivities include an autograph session with the ‘85 Chicago Legends and the All-Pros from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. In addition, members of the police force will compete against firefighters in two twenty minute periods of flag football from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The main even kickoff begins at 12:15p.m. Tickets are $30.00 and will go on sale August 23 to the general public at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 312-559-1212. Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster.com. Additional convenience fees apply to online purchases.

"This is something special for the fans," said former WR Dennis McKinnon. "The Bears have a new home at last. It's long overdue. This is our way of encouraging people to come down and take a look at what's happened here. It's a wonderful way to celebrate the first season in this beautiful stadium. I'm definitely looking forward playing again and to hanging with McMahon and the guys one more time."

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