Coach Mike Ditka's Super Bowl champion Bears of 1985 ranked fifth overall on that list and higher than any other NFL team during this period.
The Bears that year finished 18-1, losing only to the Miami Dolphins in a meaningless Monday night game after they had wrapped up the division title and home field throughout the playoffs. They filmed the Super Bowl Shuffle and went on to dominate the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX in a way that no other team had done to that date.
A second Chicago team -- the 1995-96 Bulls of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, who set the NBA record for victories with 72 -- ranked No. 2 overall and higher than any other basketball team.
The network's countdown of the top 25 athletes in the past 25 years did not include Bears running back Walter Payton.