Chicago Bears

The Suh Zone: Charles Martin And His Terrycloth Hitlist

Ndamukong Suh’s Thanksgiving Day mishap recalls one of the most notorious plays during the modern NFL era.

Following their win in Super Bowl XX, the Chicago Bears returned in 1986 as a menacing outfit once again.

Chicago’s high-profile made them a target for Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Charles Martin. During Chicago’s 12-10 victory over Green Bay on November 23, 1986, Martin suplexed McMahon to the astrosurf surface of Soldier Field following a Packer interception.

What made the play even more incredulous was the towel hanging from Martin’s pants. He formed a hitlist with the numbers of Bears players on them. One of those players was indeed Mr. McMahon.

The other numbers listed on the towel included 34 (Walter Payton), 29 (Dennis Gentry), 83 (Willie Gault), and 63 (Jay Hilgenberg).

As a result of his actions, the NFL fined Martin $15,000 and suspended for him two games.

McMahon suffered a separated right shoulder on the play and didn’t throw another pass during the ’86 season for the 14-2 Bears. Chicago won its final four games of the regular season but lost to the Jay Schroeder-led Washington Redskins during the NFC Divisional playoffs.

The Bears are still searching for another Super Bowl title.

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