Steve McMichael is the best player to adapt to both the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers


The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears are two of the oldest teams in the NFL. They’ve been going there since 1921, and they meet for the first time in 2022 on Sunday night. The teams had memorable battles. They had some memorable players. They’ve even had players in suits for both teams, and defensive end Steve McMichael gets the nod as the best player to participate on both sides of the rivalry.

Steve McMichael enjoyed a 15-year career in the NFL, 13 of which with the Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears defensive end Steve McMichael runs past Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Ian Beckles and attempts to sack Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Vinny Testaverde at Tampa Stadium November 4, 1990 in Tampa, Florida. | Michael J. Minardi/Getty Images.

Make no mistake, McMichael is a Chicago bear. Although the New England Patriots selected him in the third round of the 1980 NFL Draft, he played one season with the Pats before they cut him before his second season. He signed with the Bears as a free agent in 1981 and played 13 seasons in Chicago. During the last year of his NFL career, he hung out with rival Packers.

“That’s the story I tell Bears fans to make it all work out – because they’re upset, I (played in Green Bay) – and after I tell them like that, they are okay with that,” McMichael told Rob Demosky of ESPN in 2018. “For 13 years I played the Packers and beat them every year, so I kicked their ass, right? The last year of my career I went there and was no good anymore and stole their money.

“It’s a bit satirical, but it goes with them. Because I don’t want them to be upset with me because I think of myself as a bear, baby.

McMichael, a two-time All-Pro defensive tackle, has anchored a defense that is arguably the best ever. The 1985 Bears put on a defensive clinic en route to a Super Bowl 20 title when they defeated the Patriots 46-10.

He leads a roster of players, including Jim McMahon, Mike Tomczak, Julius Peppers and Jimmy Graham, among others, who have played for both teams.

McMichael was diagnosed with ALS last year

McMichael played in all 16 games for the Packers in 1994, but called it quits after that season. He began a professional wrestling career in 1995. He was hired by World Championship Wrestling and remained on the scene until 1999.

In April 2021, McMichael announced that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The man known as “Mongo”, known for his physical stature, was confined to a wheelchair. His medical bills are rising and his wrestling buddies recently got together to help raise ‘Money for Mongo’.

World Championship Wrestling promoter, executive producer and announcer Eric Bischoff is close to McMichael and has teamed up with other wrestling icons such as Ric Flair, Jeff Jarrett, Jim Ross and Mick Foley, among others for the ‘to help.

“Obviously he was a big guy physically, but when he walked into a room, he just commanded it with a sense of humor and his presence,” Bischoff said of McMichael ahead of the event, per WGN 9 in Chicago. “Not his physical presence, just his personality.

“I guess I’m more in tune with my emotions, and it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be hard. But it also made me grateful to be a part of something that can give her some love and support. To see a community of people doing the same and coming out and supporting someone who deserves that support.

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