By Evan Moore
Believe it or not, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have something in common.
The longtime rivals are two of the NFL’s six franchises that do not have an official cheerleading squad.
The Packers last used cheerleaders during the 1987 season while the Bears employed the “Honey Bears.” The Honey Bears entertained the fans at Soldier Field from 1977 until the end of the 1985 season, when the Bears won Super Bowl XX.
Cathy Core, the founder of the Honey Bears, told the Chicago Tribune in 1991 that she was never given an official reason to why they were disbanded.
“At the time, they told me it was basically a change in philosophy. The Bears wanted to be about blood-and-guts football and football only,” Core said. “I think there are certain people in the (McCaskey) family who have dominated the negative part of the issue, and as long as those people are still around and still vocal, I don’t think the Honey Bears will come back.”
The Bears and Packers renew their rivalry Monday night Nov. 4.