Don Wachter about the day he found out he was a finalist for the Hall of Fans. It’s not every day that Bears Hall Of Fame Linebacker Brian Urlacher knocks on your door Chicago Bears Jerseys 2019
, so this is a fun story."Wachter has been a season ticket holder since 1985, and hasn’t missed a home game in 33 years. His trademark face paint has been around since he first started becoming an “ultimate fan” back in his college days in the 1990’s. The bear’s head was a later edition.During his many years of being the Bears’ most well-known fan, he’s had many highlights and some lowlights as well, but nothing to compare to having Brian Urlacher fly out from Arizona to spend the day with him. In the video filmed that day on the way to Wachter’s house and at the house, Urlacher states “Fans are the life blood of our sport; without them, pro football wouldn’t exist.”“That’s why Ford is creating the Hall Of Fans,” he continued in a segment filmed before he reached Wachter’s residence, “to recognize the unsung heroes who help make our game great. I’m in Chicago to surprise Don Wachter, and nominate him for induction into the inaugural class of the Ford Hall Of Fame.”“Don has no idea I’m coming to see him,” Urlacher explains, “this is going to be really exciting!”The video shows the outside of the house, with Urlacher firmly knocking on the door as Wachter is doing part of his interview in full Bearman regalia. Wachter opened the door and found the most recent Chicago Bears Hall Of Famer standing there waiting.Wachter led Urlacher through a tour of his home, up to the Bearman’s man cave and memorabilia rooms. On their way up the stairs, Wachter pointed out an autographed picture of Bearman and Urlacher together, taken during Urlacher’s rookie year. “Look how young I was,” Urlacher is heard saying in the video.Hall Of Famer Brian Urlacher and Bearman Don Wachter in Wachter’s Man CaveUpstairs, Urlacher signed a jersey that was provided by Ford, and Wachter states Urlacher spent considerable time looking through the memorabilia room and commenting on a lot of Bears historical items that Wachter has collected over the years. The Bearman persona has developed over time Riley Ridley Jersey Color Rush
, from his early college days back in 1985 through many changes.The biggest change was when he moved away from his earlier football helmet, through a phase where he wore multi-colored orange and navy wigs and on through to his Bear’s head hat. Unlike most other bear’s heads seen around Soldier Field, Wachter’s head is from an actual bear. He purchased it from a taxidermist, and it was intended to be part of a bearskin rug.Wachter cut off the rest of the fur, fashioned a hole the right size to fit his head and added/adjusted an appropriate amount of padding. He then attached a strap to the plywood base that the head is attached to. The Bear’s head made its debut in November of 1996 and has been a fixture at Bears games since.Wachter’s look and positive attitude caught the notice of the Chicago Bears organization, who invited Wachter to become one of the two people who ran giant flags around inside Soldier Field down the sidelines and in the end zone. After the Bears introduced their new mascot Staley, Wachter moved back into the stands where he has been cheering on the Bears since. Not surprisingly, his spectacular outfit, energy and positive good humor has attracted a lot of media attention over the years.He’s been featured in countless promos on all of the national television networks and online media, including here at Windy City Gridiron.Chicago Bears fan Don ‘Bear Man’ Wachter looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Soldier Field on December 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 15-6.Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesDonning the jersey of his all-time favorite Bear, Doug Plank, Wachter has become a legend among not just Bears fans, but his fellow ultimate fans as well. Wachter is a member of an association of high profile ultimate fans, the Pro Football’s Ultimate Fan Association.This also isn’t his first nomination for a “Hall Of Fans” award. Wachter was an inaugural member of the Visa Hall Of Fans, Class of 2000.One of Wachter’s favorite parts of being Bearman is interacting with fans of all teams throughout the country at the games, at pregame festivities Mens Riley Ridley Jersey
, and any time he’s dressed as the Bearman. “I love interacting with fans,” he said, “taking pictures, you know, I get asked a lot... I love taking pictures with fans, I try not to ever say no, and I’m so honored when they say ‘wow, you made my day, this is my first Bears game.’ Or they’s say ‘I’m from Mexico I came all this way,’ or ‘I’m from London I came all this way,’ or ‘I’m from Germany, I just want to get a picture’ or ‘I’m from Spain and I want to get a picture with you.’”From six to three to oneFollowing an extensive background check, there are six nominee that have been chosen as finalists out of the fanbases of all 32 teams.These six fans each received a visit from a Hall Of Fame player from their respective teams to inform them that they were finalists.Three of the six will be chosen to continue on to the Super Bowl in Atlanta for an all-expense paid trip to the game and to enjoy the week’s festivities leading up to the announcement of the overall winner and inaugural Hall Of Fans inductee. According to Wachter, fan voting is only one-third of the deciding factor, the nominees are also being reviewed by a team chosen by the Ford Motor Company and the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.The winner will be inducted into the Hall Of Fans exhibit during the Pro Football Hall Of Fame enshrinement week this summer at the Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio.Wachter’s immediate goal is to be one of the finalists and hopefully be able to root on his beloved Chicago Bears in person at the Super Bowl in Atlanta. “Wouldn't that be something!” he said. Fans can show their support for the Bearman by going to the Ford Hall Of Fans website and voting for Wachter daily. The Ford Hall Of Fans Voting Page“I’d be very grateful and appreciative of your support,” he said.So would Brian Urlacher:Ken’s Note: I’ve got to admit, holding off on telling this story was hard. Don (who’s a friend although we are not “in-real-life” bests or anything) hit me up on messenger then called me the night Brian visited Cheap Riley Ridley Jersey
, and you all can just imagine how absolutely pumped he was. I was, of course, sworn to secrecy until the contest opened, and once it did I’m happy to share his story with you.Don is one of the good guys, and as a fanbase we have until January 27 to vote for him daily to get him to Atlanta to cheer on (hopefully) our Chicago Bears. Sunday’s game between the Bears and Eagles was settled when Bears kicker Cody Parkey‘s field goal attempt with five seconds left on the clock hit the upright and crossbar before falling to the turf in what felt like a fitting final chapter to a rough season for the kicker.Parkey’s kick didn’t go offline entirely on its own, however. Breaking down the video of the play shows that Eagles defensive lineman Treyvon Hester got his hand on the ball as it was going up.“Me and Haloti [Ngata] … we got penetration, got the hand up like coach always says,” Hester said, via Philly.com. “Tipped off my fingertips. Felt good … [but] actually, I thought I didn鈥檛 get enough of it, I thought it was going to go in. When I saw it going in, I turned back around [away from the goal posts]. Then I heard everybody screaming, I was like, oh, [bleep] … he missed it.鈥滺ester played 94 special teams snaps for the Eagles during the regular season, but none of them was nearly as memorable as the one he played late in Sunday’s win.