In what just may be the ultimate Chicago Bears family, one Bears fan in Chicago has season tickets that have been in the family since the 1940s.
Dave Knorowski is a big fan. He was there for the NFC title game in 85, which he calls the greatest Bears home game ever.
He was also in New Orleans, snagging tickets off a Bell Captain at the historic Hotel Monteleone less than hour before kickoff. He said it was his biggest thrill, being out there for the game.
"How can anything top being the world champs? You're on top of the world," Knorowski said.
Antique pennants, autographed footballs, tickets from every game he's ever been too, a picture with the coach –all proudly displayed. And tailgating? Please, it's a lifestyle.
"We hoist this [flag] then the guys or gals who are coming to our tailgate know where to look," Knorowski said.
You won't see many flags like it, nor many families who have been going to Bears games as long as Knorowski's. Knorowski's Dad Walter, who passed away eight years ago, owned season tickets prior to World War II.
Since 1946, a Knorowski has been to every single home game the Bears have played, including the day in 1977 when Walter Payton broke the single game rushing record.
"Every single time they handed him the ball he would stutter step to the outside then boom, he was gone," Knorowski said.
What fan do you know who has every Bears media guide going back to 1947? Or makes a pilgrimage to Papa Bear George Halas' crypt every year, the day of the Packers game?
And don't get him started on the Packers! Knorowski traces his hatred for the green and gold to a Ray Nitschke interception that ruined the Bears post-season hopes back in 68.
"It's the Hatfields and the McCoys. It's like North and South Korea. They hate each other, but you got to have that adversary next door that just keeps you going. Up north you have the godless communists in the dark ages, and down here we have the enlightened people, and this is the way it's supposed to be,” Knorowski said.
Dave and his pals will pay homage to Papa Bear this coming Sunday morning, like they do every single year.
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