1985 Bears Honored at White House

By Lisa Balde
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:43 AM CDT
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    The 1985 Bears are getting their belated congratulations at the White House.

    President Barack Obama invited the Super Bowl XX champs to Washington D.C. Friday for a celebration that typically happens soon after the win.

    But the Bears' White House visit was delayed when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded two days after their January 1986 victory over New England.

    Nearly 26 years later, Bears fan Obama is making it right.

    Mike Ditka, Richard Dent, Jim McMahon, Otis Wilson and Willie Gault are among the team members expected to attend.

    Alicia Duerson will represent for Dave Duerson, who passed away in February from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Bears Chairman George McCaskey and former Bears president Mike McCaskey  also are expected to attend.

    One player won't be there, though.

    Dan Hampton told WLS this week he's skipping the ceremony because his family isn't allowed to go and because he isn't a fan of the president. Hampton, a member of the NBC Chicago team, also commented that the win was 25 years ago. "Let it go,” he said.

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