Meeting The LSU Tiger #StoryTimeWithJP

By Jerraud Powers 2007, Auburn versus LSU at Tiger Stadium. This was a game I had been looking forward to for a long time. You grow up in the South watching the SEC and learning about the history of each team, whether you like the team or not. LSU has one of the best atmospheres and traditions in college football. Their fans are crazy, their players are good and the stadium is loud.   I remember being on the bus, headed to the stadium, and once we got to campus, the LSU fans literally wouldn’t let our bus get to the stadium. Yes, we had the police escort and everything, …
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Playing With A Concussion #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I reviewed the defense call from Mr. Urlacher. First, he gave the close call and then the blitz. Viking was the name of the blitz, and it was intended for me to rush opposite the close call. I was excited to be sent on blitzes because this was something I did not often do in games. Mathew Stafford sits back behind his center barking cadence. Down-set, I creep a little closer to the line of scrimmage not to show my blitz is coming. He hikes the ball, and I hit the rush on a dead sprint. I’m running wide open full speed towards the quarterback. Surprisingly, I …
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The Wildest Season #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong The 2012 NFL season had a lot on the line. I was coming off a disappointing 2011 campaign in which my head coach suggested I get into coaching if I can’t get off of press coverage…I’m paraphrasing, but you get it.  I had a lot to prove, but ended up getting cut.  I couldn’t break my lease, so I just had to pay rent in a place I wasn’t going to be staying. Next stop, a reunion with Miami.  There were a few recognizable faces, but the team was completely different.  The locker room had been overhauled, and the offense was this no-huddle, hand signaling system that …
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Mental Gymnastics #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie “Mental Gymnastics”…ever heard of it? Yeah, I hadn’t either until my third year in the NFL. Mike Martz brought the term to my attention when he became the offensive coordinator for the Bears that year. You see my first 2 years in the NFL were spent learning from Ron Turner and our QB coach Pep Hamilton. I had never had trouble picking up a playbook and quickly learning it. In Ron’s system, it was no different. Ron’s system was a “concept”-based system. Not sure if that is the official term, or what I just call it. This system is one in which plays are taught as a concept and usually labeled with one …
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Goodnight, Jon Ryan #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Special teams is a sector that often get overlooked. The returners get all the fame. They score the touchdown and they look fantastic without fans or the media acknowledging the hard work put in by the other 10 players. I enjoyed blocking and returning. I do have a touchdown return under my belt which helps me to understand how the returner gets the glory. Then, there is the other side of me that knows what it’s like to make that touchdown leading block. The end rusher on punt returns were interesting. I had a quick get off, but for some reason was never able to place my …
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My Reaction: Bears vs Packers

By Earl Bennett Rough start to the season. Here is my instant reaction:  

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Big Hits, and Chicago Fans #StoryTimeWithLanceBriggs

By Lance Briggs The crowd at Soldier Field is incomparable. They are loud, rowdy and love sports. Chicago has the best fans in the world bar none. Therefore, every home game, I felt the energy. There were games that the fans would propel us to step it up and play classic Chicago Bears football. Promo Code “ProstylePodcast” Some hits remain etched in the brain forever. Over the course of my career I’ve handed out my fair share of “big hits” and there are plenty to recollect. However, this hit against the Eagles has too be one of my all-time favorites. In the 1st quarter against the Eagles, they were setting …
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46 Actually Play #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore My first game in the orange and blue was indeed an experience. I wanted to be excited about the game, but I honestly wasn’t. I was a 4th round draft pick who barely made the team. I was on the 53-man roster, but I knew there was no chance for me to play after a good preseason and horrible showing in training camp. I don’t remember who we were playing, all I can see is the locker room and the chair where I was seated.  I knew I wasn’t going to play, but I assumed I would dress out with the rest of the team. I was …
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DA YEAR! Hope My Dreams Come True!

By Earl Bennett Last night I dreamed of a Super Bowl. The Navy and Orange from Illinois stormed the field to play against the red and gold team from Missouri. The stands filled with mostly Bears colors just like it should have been. Before the game, as I watched on the television, I whispered to myself, “This is DA YEAR for the Bears to win.” Bears have the best Defense in the NFL and Mitch Trubisky was playing like a “Top 5” Quarterback. The wide receivers were playing at a high level, and rookie running back sensation David Montgomery was having a better rookie campaign than Saquon Barkley. Khalil Mack …
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Cut Day #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong I had to dig through the archives to find this old post about cut day and what it feels like: Adam Schefter always refers to the Monday after the last regular season game as “Black Monday” since there are so many coaches and families who have to relocate. I don’t agree. Coaches get all of their money. The players? The kids get nothing. A vast majority have just played football for the last time. A child’s dream ends with the stroke of a pen. I think I wrote this in the hot tub at the Cowboys Valley Ranch facility.  Yesterday, just shy of 500 dreams and wishes …
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