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Chicago Legend Thinks ’85 Bears Could Have Beat Any of ’70s Steelers Teams



Former Steelers center Mike Webster.

The 1985 Chicago Bears are one of the most renowned Super Bowl-winning teams in NFL history. They were loaded on both sides of the ball and completely dominated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX, 46-10.

They were also entertaining off the field with head coach Mike Ditka, quarterback Jim McMahon and William “the Refrigerator” Perry. The Super Bowl Shuffle was an iconic 1980s moment.

Chicago also had  legendary linebacker Mike Singletary and arguably the greatest running back of all-time in Walter Payton. Two of the greatest players ever.

The Bears won just one Super Bowl in the 1980s, however. They had one remarkable season. The Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls in six years in the 1970s. Ten future Hall of Famers were on those clubs, 11 counting head coach Chuck Noll. Former Bears offensive lineman and Hall of Famer Jimbo Covert thinks the ’85 Bears would have handled the Super Steelers of the 1970s.

“I think so. We got five Hall of Famers on that team, and I think if you look back at that team, I think that ’85 team that year could have beat any team of all time. I know I’m talking in Pittsburgh. I grew up in Pittsburgh. I’m a huge Steeler fan still. And I think we would’ve played with any of those Steeler teams that won the Super Bowl, any of ’em,” Covert recently told Joe Starkey on 93.7 The Fan.

“Just because of the talent that we had on both sides of the ball, especially on the offensive and defensive lines. And we had the greatest player that ever lived running the football, and that made a big difference as well. So I mean, when you think back on that, it was a hell of a football team.”

It’s certainly an interesting matchup to think about, but the Steel Curtain probably would’ve handled the Bears’ rushing attack and limited Payton from going off. McMahon was a game manager on the ’85 Bears, so the passing attack really wouldn’t have been much of a threat. Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s would have been a tougher match for the ’70 Steelers, in my opinion. The ’85 Bears were great, but like I previously mentioned, they only did it for one year.