Either way you look at it though, these two teams represent the best winning percentages in NFL Regular season History. Just so it gets discussed, if the Cowboys were to win out and the Bears lose all of their remaining games, they would still hold a slight edge in the winning percentage. So if Dallas is to overtake them it would have to happen in 2014, not 2013. I really want that record. Not going to lie.
I say that and I have such a genuine respect for George Halas, Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, and many wonderful Chicago Bears that it does not kill me to be behind them in this category. Let me tell you a little about their History. The Bears got started as an Independent professional football team in 1919. They were founded in Decatur, Illinois as the Decatur Staleys. The name comes from a starch company. Then a year later they moved to Chicago and became a cross town rival of the Chicago Cardinals. In 1920 and 1921 the team was called the Chicago Staleys. In 1922 they officially became the Chicago Football Bears.
A little known fact in today’s NFL is that when the NFL began in 1920 they were originally called the American Professional Football Association. There were 14 teams and they did not play equal schedules. They took games whenever they could. In 1922 the Bears were not the only organization to change names. The APFA became the NFL. From the original APFA of 1920 there are only two remaining professional football franchises. They are the Cardinals and the Bears. The Bears, under the direction of George Halas became winners. The Cardinals, under the direction of William Bidwell, did not. As such, the Bears became a legendary NFL team and can proudly boast of several NFL records.
For example, they have 26 of their legends in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That is the most by any team. They have 13 jersey numbers retired forever. They also have a postseason record of 17-18 with 1 Super Bowl win and 8 NFL Championships.