What happened to the Honey Bears? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Have you ever noticed that the Bears don’t have cheerleaders on the sidelines during their games? You may have heard of the “Honey Bears” from the Super Bowl era, and have seen photos of the Bears cheerleaders in the Superdome as the Bears celebrated their 46-10 drubbing of the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. But that was the last time the Honey Bears took the field.
According to a former Chicago Tribune report, the fans were told that their contract with the team would not be renewed after the 1985 season. The decision was not entirely a financial decision, according to the report. At that time, GM Jerry Vainisi questioned whether the spectators had already passed. That wasn’t quite the end of the Honey Bears, however. Cathy Core, who ran the Honey Bears, recently moved west and changed her team’s name, taking over the direction of the Luvabulls.
“Not many people can say they’ve been in two games in different games where both teams won the world championship,” Core told the Tribune back in 1997. “That’s something I’m proud of. about it.”
The Bears aren’t the only team without cheerleaders. The Bills, Browns, Chargers, Giants and Steelers also don’t have dance teams on the sidelines.
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