Today the NFL is a multi-billion dollar global phenomenon...but in 1919 it was simply a gathering of corporate-sponsored semi-professional teams including a squad from the Staley Starch Works of Decatur, Illinois led by "Papa Bear" George Halas.
Halas had seen the bright lights of Major League Baseball (figuratively speaking -- there were no night games yet) in a fleeting stint as a player with the New York Yankees, and had visions of establishing the same type of competition for the fledgling sport of American football. Pursuing the dream, he converted the "Staleys" from a factory team to a proper professional squad, moved them to Chicago, renamed them the Bears, formed a regional league, and the rest is history!
Chicago is proud of its history and to be the birthplace of professional football -- from the Bears mascot still named Staley to the NFC Championship trophy named after Halas. Show your pride (and knowledge) with this subtle, distressed tee that touts the origins of your favorite team. It comes on navy or grey 100% cotton shirts in sizes small through 4XL (Alternate brands/cuts/colors/sizes can be custom-printed for little additional cost