Ex-Bears file lawsuit over ‘The Super Bowl Shuffle’
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter January 31, 2014 11:58AM
Quarterback Jim McMahon of the Chicago Bears during filming of the Super Bowl Shuffle in Chicago in 1985. | Paul Natkin/Getty Images
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:25PM
‘‘We’re not here to start no trouble. We’re just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.’’
Nearly 30 years after they rapped ‘‘The Super Bowl Shuffle,’’ six players who participated in the Grammy-nominated video that punctuated the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl season have filed a lawsuit to ensure that it’s used for the ‘‘charitable purposes’’ for which it was intended.
Hall of Famer Richard Dent along with Jim McMahon, Otis Wilson, Willie Gault, Mike Richardson and Steve Fuller are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.
‘‘The lawsuit provides that an important and stated objective of ‘The Super Bowl Shuffle’ when it was produced in 1985 was to give back to Chicago’s neediest families,’’ said Walid J. Tamari, an attorney from Tamari Law Group LLC that is representing the players. ‘‘Among other things, the plaintiffs seek that a constructive trust be established for charitable purposes that they select in order to continue ‘The Super Bowl Shuffle’s’ charitable objective.’’
Indeed, Walter Payton rapped in the song, ‘‘We’re not doing this because we’re greedy. The Bears are doin’ it to feed the needy.’’
Reportedly, more than $300,000 was donated to Chicago-area shelters after the video was released.
‘‘The Super Bowl Shuffle’’ was released in September 1985 as the Bears were just picking up steam toward a dominant season that culminated with the 46-10 rout of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. The video sold more than 500,000 copies and reached No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in February 1986.
The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the rhythm and blues category in 1987 but lost to Prince’s ‘‘Kiss.’’