This year, the National Football League celebrates 100 years since it’s founding. Chicago is home to two of the original 13 towns to host the teams that would serve as the earliest teams to become part of the NFL. To honor this milestone, the club hosted the 2019 PNC Chicago Bears 5k Run/Walk on July 13. Members of Ardmore Roderick’s Chicago team, joined by family and friends, participated in the race. The temps were warm, but everyone had a great time crossing the finish line inside historic Soldier Field!
From the NFL 100 website:
In 1921, when the Cardinals hosted the Decatur Staleys (now Chicago Bears) for the first time, they formed the NFL’s oldest rivalry – what we now know as Cardinals vs. Bears. With the help of superstar, Paddy Driscoll, the Cardinals won 7-6, and the battle for pro football dominance in Chicago began. Despite being eventually overpowered by the Chicago Bears, the Cardinals moved to Arizona – becoming today’s Arizona Cardinals – and are, along with the Bears, the only two franchises still in operation since the League’s founding.
Although the Chicago Tigers were the first-ever team in the NFL’s history to disband, they nonetheless occupy an important part in NFL history as one of its founding teams. In the club’s single season, the Tigers went 2-5-1 and played their home games at Cubs Park, now known as the famed Wrigley Field. Perhaps the team’s most prominent game was against the Racine Cardinals, who were also based in Chicago. Tigers owner Guil Falcon reportedly made a deal with Cardinals owner Chris O’Brien to play for the right to be the sole Chicago team – and after the Cardinals won 6-3, the Tigers disbanded at the end of the season.