"Bear Down, Chicago Bears"
Song by Jerry Downs
GenreFight song
Songwriter(s)Jerry Downs

"Bear Down, Chicago Bears" is the fight song of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. It was written in 1941 by Al Hoffman under the pseudonym Jerry Downs, though Hoffman appeared to have little connection to Chicago.[1] The song was written during the early stages of the "Monsters of the Midway" Era of the early 1940s, and was adopted the year after the Bears had shocked the professional football world by defeating the Washington Redskins in the league championship game by the score of 73-0, which remains the largest win margin in any game in the history of the NFL.[2]

At home games, a version of the song recorded in 1993 by Bill Archer and the Big Bear Band is played every time the Bears score.

The lyrics are as follows:

"Bear down, Chicago Bears! Make every play clear the way to victory.
Bear down, Chicago Bears! Put up a fight with a might so fearlessly.
We'll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T-formation.
Bear down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you're wearing the crown.
You're the pride and joy of Illinois! Chicago Bears, bear down!"

After the Bears' Super Bowl XX-winning 1985 season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed the song.[3][4]

The song was featured in Madden NFL 11's soundtrack.[5]


  1. ^ "Bears fight song". chicagotribune.com. September 3, 2008. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Bears Fight Song Lyrics Archived 2012-04-13 at the Wayback Machine, chicagobears.com
  3. ^ Taylor, David (July 24, 2011). "Bear Down, Chicago Bears - Chicago Symphony Orchestra". Windy City Gridiron. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  4. ^ America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, "#2. 1985 Chicago Bears." Premiered on CBS, Feb. 3, 2007
  5. ^ "Madden 11 soundtrack to feature classics, fight songs - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN". Msn.foxsports.com. July 29, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2012.