The 10 best touchdowns in Bears history, from Hester to Halas
We've seen the Bears score plenty of memorable touchdowns over their 100 years as a franchise. But what ranks as the best?
From Eddie Jackson's pick six against the Vikings in 2018 to a historic score in 1923, there were plenty of options from which to choose. And you'll notice one big name is missing from this list.
10. Eddie Jackson's pick six of Kirk Cousins (2018)
No single moment encapsulated the feeling of “the Bears are back!” in 2018 more than Jackson's pick six into the north end zone at Soldier Field, where he led an “orchestra” celebration, turning around and bowing at the end. It was an awesome scene on Sunday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings that let the city and planet know: The Bears were, finally, good again.
9. Mike Brown's second walk-off pick six (2001)
Seven days prior, Brown’s overtime pick six earned the Bears a win over the San Francisco 49ers – their fifth win in a row. But the circumstances of Brown’s walk off pick six a week later were nuts: With little time left in regulation, the Bears needed to score a touchdown, recover an onside kick and have James Allen catch a 34-yard heave while landing on Marty Booker as time expired just to get to overtime. Brown then delivered his heroic moment for the second straight week.
8. Sid Luckman's 7th touchdown pass (1943)
Luckman’s seventh passing touchdown against the New York Giants set an NFL record that still stands today. Behind Luckman, the Bears went on to win the 1943 NFL title, their third in four years with Luckman under center. Luckman would also lead the Bears to the 1946 NFL championship, and is easily the best quarterback in franchise history.
7. Devin Hester crowns 'em (2006)
The. Bears. Are. Who. We. Thought. They. Were. When Hester raced into the end zone in Arizona, the Bears didn’t just avoid an embarrassing loss to the lowly Cardinals on Monday Night Football. They felt unstoppable.
6. Gale Sayers' sixth TD (1965)
Gale Sayers turned a wet, muddy day at Wrigley Field into one of the NFL's best single-game performances. His sixth touchdown came on an 85-yard punt return, with the "Kansas Comet" gracefully gliding through the muck and past the 49ers.
5. Wilber Marshall seals it (1986)
Richard Dent forced the fumble and Wilber Marshall scooped it up, powerfully dashing into the end zone to send Solider Field into delirium. The touchdown capped a 24-0 stomping of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game; really, this score felt like a coronation for the soon-to-be Super Bowl XX champs.
4. George Halas out-runs Jim Thorpe (1923)
We remember George Halas mostly as a legendary coach and the founder of the Chicago Bears, but he was a darn good player, too. While facing Jim Thorpe’s Oorang Indians Halas scooped up a fumble and out-raced one of football’s first star players in Thorpe for a 98-yard touchdown. That stood as the longest fumble return touchdown in the NFL until 1972, a span of 49 years.
3. Bill Osmanski starts *the* blowout (1940)
The Bears’ 73-0 NFL title game win over Washington stamped them as the “Monsters of the Midway,” a nickname they're still known by today. Osmanski’s 68-yard touchdown was the first of the game, setting the tone for the biggest blowout not just in pro football history, but in the history of sports, as ranked by ESPN a few years ago.
2. Devin Hester opens Super Bowl XLI (2007)
A quick personal story. My dad bought a brand-new HD TV in 2007 so we could host a Super Bowl party in our basement. We hadn’t had HD before, so this was a big deal! Anyways, we all went nuts when Hester took the kick back, yelling, screaming, flinging popcorn around, etc. Then the rest of the game happened. After the Colts won, my grandpa got up and said, sweetly, to my dad: “Well, it was a nice TV.” We’ll always have the TV. And the first few seconds of Super Bowl XLI to remember fondly.
1. The Fridge dives in (1986)
It’s arguably the most iconic single play of the ’85 Bears season. It’s also one of the first highlights multiple generations of football fans think of when they think of the Bears. And no doubt it was an awesome moment – but if you noticed, this list didn’t include Walter Payton. Would the moment of No. 34 getting in the end zone in his only Super Bowl have been as memorable as the 300-pound Fridge diving for a touchdown? Maybe not. But it’s still a bummer Payton never got his touchdown in the Bears’ championship-winning blowout of the Patriots.