It’s Been 34 Years Since the Chicago Bears Did the “Shuffle”
Many of us remember the first time the New England Patriots went to the Super Bowl. That was January 26, 1986 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Super Bowl XX. The Patriots lost to the Chicago Bears, 46-10.
Not a great day for football if you're a fan of the Pats. But, how many remember the song released two months before the Big Game? Of course, I'm talking about, "The Super Bowl Shuffle" performed by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew. The "Crew" was comprised of several Bears' players, including quarterback Jim McMahon, legendary running back "Sweetness" Walter Payton, and defensive lineman William "Refrigerator" Perry.
Let's be honest here. The song itself? Not that great by any standards even if you're a Bears' fan. But you know what? It wasn't meant to be. It was meant to be a fun, celebratory goof. And, more importantly, the song raised over $300,000 in profits for food, clothing and shelter for the needy in Chicago.
Also? The song was even nominated for a Grammy in 1985 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. They lost out to "Kiss" by Prince. Wow. Not bad for a goof.
Now, here's another question. How many Patriots' fans remember that the Patriots released a song right before Super Bowl XX in early 1986 as a response to the Bears? Yep, it's true. "New England, The Patriots, And We" is the name of it and it optimistically predicted victory over the Bears. Oh yeah. It's out there. Search for it online. You'll find it.
On this date, 34 years ago, "The Super Bowl Shuffle" was released. Yes, it was a goof. But a goof for a great cause. Helping out needy families in Chi-Town.