Bears’ Kellen Davis, Teammates Give Back to Community

Davis and his Bears teammates celebrate after a play.

Hours before the Bears kicked off against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday, a tragic scene unfolded in a downtown bar, when a Bears fan was stabbed to death for allegedly talking with the suspect’s wife. The man was 42-year-old William “Christopher” Pettry, who had traveled to Jacksonville to attend the Bears game later that day.

During his press conference Monday, Head Coach Lovie Smith expressed his condolences and sent prayers to the family Pettry left behind: his wife and three children.

Just days after the attack, Bears tight end Kellen Davis, who along with his marketing team, is leading charity efforts to aid Pettry’s widow and children, as Pettry was his family’s sole provider. Davis set up a page on YouCaring.com on which anyone can donate to help Pettry’s family. So far, Davis’ efforts have raised $19,298, while another page dedicated to Pettry has raised over $18,000.

In addition, Davis is holding a fundraiser at John Barleycorn – Wrigleyville on Saturday, at which items including Bears memorabilia will be auctioned off for the family’s benefit. According to ESPNChicago.com, former Bears players Tommie Harris, who lost his wife in February, and Jason McKie, whose son played football with one of Pettry’s children, are scheduled to attend the fundraiser, among other Bears players.

That support is what sets Bears players apart from their NFL counterparts. Obviously, Davis is doing a great thing by helping this family in need. He didn’t have to take time out of his schedule and family during the busy season to head a fundraising effort, but he saw a need bigger than his own.

Bears players have a history of being involved and giving back to the community, and they set an admirable example, going above and beyond the duties of professional athlete to aid the family of one of their many loyal supporters. Many Bears players live near where I do, in the north suburbs, and I think that grounds them in a way.

During the bye week, Matt Forte visited Tilden High School on the South Side to meet with students as part of a program with Duracell. Forte interacted with students, joining them in various activities and speaking in the auditorium. When Forte attended football practice, he was joined by teammates Davis (he’s a giver!) and Earl Bennett. The Tilden team only has 15 players, and according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Forte presented the school with a $20,000 check from Duracell and provided them with new football apparel, equipment and calculators.

Forte and Davis’ work in the community shows many Bears’ dedication to giving back. When athletes take initiative and take their ‘role models’ label seriously, it’s refreshing. But not all athletes embrace that role. Do you think athletes need to be consistent role models, or should they do only what they get paid to do?

The Bears, Lovie Smith Have Different Ideas of “Bye Week”

"Bear Down, Chicago Bears..."

*picture courtesy of Google/Flickr.com

For those of us who are diehard Chicago Bears fans, you know it has been a pretty intense season so far. The Bears have pressure on them to keep their record of 4-1 from falling any lower. But this week, they find themselves without a scheduled game. So go on, guys. Take a couple days’ rest. Go on vacation. Spend time with wives (Matt Forte is married to a pal of mine), play with your families, and just kick your feet up. But only PLAYERS can take that break; well, at least Bears head coach Lovie Smith thinks so.

Our Bears: Doesn't that shot give you chills?!

“We’ll take some time off, but you never get far away from football. And when we say take time off, I’m looking forward to watching some high school games this week, some college games this week and of course a full slate of NFL games. Every time you watch a game as a coach or a player you can learn something,” Smith told NBC Chicago hours ago.

Chicago Bears Head Coach, Lovie Smith

Really Lovie? Really? But gotta love his dedication! He works entirely too hard to supposedly be the lowest paid NFL Head Coach. From what I’ve seen, Lovie is at every Bears event, including training camps and he faithfully interviews. He does all this with no complaints too!

But to sort of play “devil’s advocate,” I’m thinking the Bears can definitely benefit from watching other teams and potential mistakes. It’s the equivalent of knowing the competition’s potential moves. I’m thinking Lovie is being smart and a little proactive. You see, I think it was a lack of preparation on the Bears’ part and not knowing their competition too well that cost them their last shot at the Super Bowl championship title in 2006. And though those were primarily a different slate of players then, the coach has remained a constant fixture.

http://youtu.be/zFRyRzLkUHY

The Bears will be back in about a week and a half to face off with Detroit on Oct. 22.

—I found this image to be sort of comical and helpful at the same time to all my fellow “Lovie Lovers”. Let’s observe together!

Bears Defense Makes Touchdowns

Was anyone else getting confused while watching the Bears game on Sunday? I don’t know what you were thinking, but are the Chicago Bears turning their defense into an offense?

The box score was Bears 41, Jaguars 3. Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs have scored more touchdowns than Matt Forte… what’s going on here?

For the past three weeks the Bears defense returned five interceptions for touchdowns and leads the league with 17 takeaways so far this season. Bears head coach Lovie Smith focuses on turnover ratio and protecting the ball. The Bears rank third in the NFL in turnover margin and their defense has an average of 14.2 points a game. There’s only been five games this season but they’ve had takeaways in every game.

In an interview with Larry Mayer from the Official Chicago Bears website, Smith said, “Most times at the end of a game you see guys start yanking at the ball and coaches start really talking about, ‘we’ve got to get the ball back.’ How about you start the game like that? You don’t have to wait until the end of the game to do those things.”

As we saw in Sunday’s football game, the Bears defense isn’t just taking away the ball, they’re taking it all the way to the end zone. Tillman and Briggs are popular names in the Bears defense. They’ve returned interceptions for touchdowns in three straight games for the first time in franchise history. Are the players just in the right place at the right time? I mean, you’re supposed to catch balls when they’re thrown your way.

Smith also said in the interview, “It’s a mindset that we have right now, and guys realize that. The object or goal of every play is to score, period. It’s as simple as that.” Lovie also talks about how taking the ball away is how they’re going to make touchdowns and mentions how Brian Urlacher has scored a lot of touchdowns like that.

Seems like Smith has given up on the offense making any touchdowns. Tillman scored a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter and the Jaguars never recovered. Their own stadium was booing them in their final quarter… sounds like something that would happen at Soilder Field. Sad but true.

Maybe we should start to feel bad for Jay Cutler. He completed 23 of 39 passes for 292 yards with only two touchdowns until second string quarterback Jason Campbell took over. Thank you!

After the game Cutler said to a reporter on ESPN, “We’re never really out of a game with those guys on defense. They play such good football.” Well duh, that’s the whole point of the game.

Why so sour Cutler?

 

 

Note to Lovie Smith from a confused Bears fan:

Dear Lovie,

How do you feel about switching up your offense and defense? After watching Bears football the past couple weeks it seems like our defense is putting all the points on the board. I’m no expert or anything, but isn’t that how we win games? Points? Anyways… just a thought.

Sincerely,

Confused.

 

 

Speaking of confused….

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