|1969 Chicago Bears season|
|Head coach||Jim Dooley|
|Home field||Wrigley Field|
|Division place||4th Central|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1969 Chicago Bears season was their 50th regular season completed in the National Football League. The team finished with a franchise-worst 1–13 record. This occurred despite the exploits of Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, who had torn the ligaments in his right knee in November 1968. After surgery, he went through a physical rehabilitation program with the help of teammate Brian Piccolo. In 1969, Sayers led the league in rushing once again with 1,032 yards, but lacked his previous speed, and averaged only 4.4 yards per carry.
An already poor season was compounded in late November. Undersized fullback Piccolo had scored a touchdown in each of his final three games (November 2, 9, 16), but a persistent cough was diagnosed as cancer and he underwent chest surgery; he succumbed to the disease seven months later at age 26.
Main article: 1969 NFL Draft
|1969 Chicago Bears draft|
|1||14||Rufus Mayes||OT||Ohio State|
|Made roster † Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
On August 30, a crowd of 85,532 fans viewed a doubleheader at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. In the first contest, the Bears played the AFL's Buffalo Bills, while the Cleveland Browns hosted the Green Bay Packers in the second match.
Main article: 1969 NFL season
|1||September 21||at Green Bay Packers||L 0–17||0–1|
|2||September 28||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 17–20||0–2|
|3||October 5||at New York Giants||L 24–28||0–3|
|4||October 12||Minnesota Vikings||L 0–31||0–4|
|5||October 19||at Detroit Lions||L 7–13||0–5|
|6||October 26||Los Angeles Rams||L 7–9||0–6|
|7||November 2||at Minnesota Vikings||L 14–31||0–7|
|8||November 9||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 38–7||1–7|
|9||November 16||at Atlanta Falcons||L 31–48||1–8|
|10||November 23||Baltimore Colts||L 21–24||1–9|
|11||November 30||Cleveland Browns||L 24–28||1–10|
|12||December 6 ^||at San Francisco 49ers||L 21–42||1–11|
|13||December 14||Green Bay Packers||L 3–21||1–12|
|14||December 21||Detroit Lions||L 3–20||1–13|
|Green Bay Packers||8||6||0||.571||3–3||5–5||269||221||W2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.