As you can see, the Bears were not the first team to adopt the Bears name.
The first NFL team to use the word “Bears” was the Washington Redskins, who were founded in 1876.
The Redskins were originally named the Washington Military College and had a mascot named “The Bear.”
The Bears became the most recognizable team name in American sports when they won the first Super Bowl in 1947.
After winning three more championships in 1950, the Washington Capitals relocated to Washington, D.C., and became the first American professional sports team to relocate to a city in the Pacific Northwest.
In 1951, the National Football League (NFL) officially became the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The NFL had its own logo, which was based on the Washington Monument, and it had its mascot, the iconic Washington Redskins.
As a result, the Redskins became the official NFL team.
Today, the name “Bucks” is the team’s official logo.