I watched an NFL game when I was seven and saw Walter Payton run wild. I researched him and ate up everything I could find about him. I admired his work ethic.
My love for the Bears continued into the 80's, and everybody knows how that went. I suffered in the 90's but still wore my Bears hat with pride.
Chicago Bears football is everything that I think football should be. They play outside where it should be played. They have the best uniforms in the NFL - no gay stars or stuff like that. They play D and base their existence on it. They have a history. They had Ditka, Butkus, Payton, etc. George Halas is a god, and we are part of the backbone of the NFL.
Oh, by the way, we also have the best fans. And I don't mean fans that are only fans when we win. I mean fans that love their team.
I have been lucky to get to see the Bears play two games in my life. Once at Atlanta and once at Carolina. I have decided that since my son, whom has become a Bears fan on his own just like his old man, we need to come up to Chicago next year and see a game at Soldier Field with other Bears fans. I will be asking for advice on where to stay and tailgate, etc. I hope I can get the answers from you guys and maybe share a beer or eight.