CHICAGO (CBS) — Thirty years to the day after their victory in Super Bowl XX, the ’85 Bears reunited at Soldier Field.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams was at Soldier Field on Tuesday as the players celebrated once again.
They laid out the red carpet, escorted the encased Super Bowl trophy and the latest reunion of the storied team began.
“Thirty years, I can’t believe it’s been 30 years,” punter Maury Buford said. “It’s incredible.”
Buford and the 40 or so members of the ’85 Bears at the reunion Tuesday night were crossing fingers and hoping one ailing teammate could make it.
“I can ignore a lot of the other guys, I just want to talk to Fridge to make sure he’s OK,” Otis Wilson said.
There he was, using a walker, but out of the hospital, William “The Refrigerator” Perry.
“I’m still here, still moving around, still doing what I want to do, so I can’t complain,” Perry said. “Thank the good Lord and keep moving.”
Jim McMahon told us he’s trying to keep his brain ailments at bay.
“I was in New York couple months ago and there’s more fluid, more than the first time so he said I have to start coming back probably every two months because the longer that stuff sits on the brain it’s just going to eat it away,” McMahon said.
Mike Ditka slid past reporters. This is about the players, he said, his players, forever Bears, including Mike Singletary, who’s had a football life after Chicago.
“Once you’re a Bear, you’re always going to be one,” Singletary said. “You can’t get away from it.”
After so many reunions and celebrations over 30 years, the 1985 Bears insist they still enjoy it all.
“Never gets old,” Dennis McKinnon said. “Never gets old when you showing love.”
“It was a long time ago but your friendships last a lifetime,” added Jim Covert.
Former assistant coach Johnny Roland put it this way: “They were characters off the field, but they played with character on the field.”
The reunion benefited the “Lone Survivor Foundation,” which helps veterans and the “Gridiron Greats,” which aids retired NFL players in need.