Monsters (2013) Led by QB Jim McMahon, NFL legend Walter Payton, coach "Iron Mike" Ditka, and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, the 1985 Chicago Bears are still the… 2013-10-29 Sports Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Monsters (2013)

DA BEARS OF 1985 Author Rich Cohen gives an honorable account of the Chicago Bears' decorated 1985 season
DA BEARS OF 1985 Author Rich Cohen gives an honorable account of the Chicago Bears' decorated 1985 season
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 29, 2013; Writer: Rich Cohen; Genre: Sports; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Led by QB Jim McMahon, NFL legend Walter Payton, coach ''Iron Mike'' Ditka, and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, the 1985 Chicago Bears are still the heroes of many a Windy City native. Much has been said about Chicago's Super Bowl Shufflin' Crew in the 27 (championshipless) years since, but Cohen pieces together a solid oral history, in Monsters, talking to all the major players of that starry season. He starts out by paying homage to local legends like George ''Papa Bear'' Halas, Sid Luckman, and Gale Sayers. But Cohen really hits his stride when he digs into the '85 season and the team's steamroll to victory in New Orleans. He ends with a fairly heartbreaking ''Where Are They Now'' update that lays bare his pride and compassion for the warriors who brought glory to Chi-Town for one unforgettable moment. A-

Originally posted Nov 06, 2013 Published in issue #1285 Nov 15, 2013 Order article reprints