“Super Bowl 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. This was the first time in history the Bears were having a great season 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 Dick’s introduced him to Willie Gault who put him in touch with a few players and the famous 1985 “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 players, either singing or playing an instrument in the rap video, called themselves the “Shufflin’ Crew.” This solo crew was made up of quarterbacks Jim Mahon and Steve Fuller; running back Walter Payton; wide receiver Willie Gault; linebackers Mike Singletary, Otis Wilson, William Perry, Gary Fencik; defensive end Richard Dent; and cornerback Mike Richardson. The chorus was sung by Thomas Sanders, Leslie Frazier, Shaun Gayle, Dennis Gentry, Ken Taylor, Reggie Phillips, Jim Morrissey, Dan Rains, and Keith Ortego. The band was made up of Maury Buford, Mike Tomczak, Calvin Thomas, Stefan Humphries, and Tyrone Keys. The video also stars a female referee, Julia Kallish, who blows the whistle to keep the players from cussing. The rap video was produced by Richard E. Meyer, through Red Label Music Publishing, and composed by Bobby Daniels and Lloyd Barry.

“The Super Bowl Shuffle” had some affect on the Chicago Bears team because it landed them a spot at the Super Bowl. The Bears backed up their musical strutting by hammering the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, 46-10, in one of the greatest seasons in NFL history.

“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 unfortunately did not win. The 20th Anniversary DVD was released in 2004 by Julia Meyer, including the making of the video, out takes and the music video itself.

In addition, the song had an immense 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.