@ChicagoBearscom – The Superbowl Shuffle
The 1985 rap hit recorded by the players of the Chicago Bears known as the “Super Bowl Shuffle” instantly became a mainstream phenomenon. The rousing song sold more than a half-million singles and reached No. 41 on the music charts.
The idea for the song evolved from die-hard Bears fan and music lover, Richard “Dick” Meyer. The Bears were having a great season for the first time in many years and Dick was eager to energize his fellow Bears fans for the upcoming playoffs.
A new form of music had just evolved onto the music scene and gave Dick the idea to write, produce and choreograph a rap song and dance for the Chicago Bears. A friend of Meyer’s introduced him to Willie Gault who put him in touch with a few players and the “Super Bowl Shuffle” was born. Dick hand selected each player for their craft on the field and fame in the community. According to his widow Julia Meyer, “They were embarrassed at first, but now they are famous. It made those guys famous”.
“The Super Bowl Shuffle” raised the media profile of the Bears as they completed their one-loss regular season. The Bears backed up their musical strutting by dominating their playoff opponents and hammering the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, 46-10.
“The Super Bowl Shuffle” was a huge success from the minute it aired on radios and televisions across the country. The 1985 Chicago Bears were the first sports team to have their own rap video. The song was nominated for a Grammy in 1985, but did not win. The 20th Anniversary DVD was released in 2004 by Julia Meyer, including the making of the video, outtakes and the music video itself.
In addition, the song had a strong humanitarian impact on the community – over $300,000 was donated to the Chicago Community Trust to help needy families in the area with clothing, shelter, and food.