Gone Too Soon

Wcg_thumb_notes_mediumUnfortunately, Gaines Adams' career as a Chicago Bears was so short the only time you heard his name was the day he was traded for and the unfortunate, sad day of his passing. His life coming to a tragic end on Sunday at the age of 26.

The Bears traded for Adams on October 16 because they saw something in the young, talented defensive end. With the tutelage of Bears defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, many thought Adams would take the next step in his career; tapping into the raw athleticism and speed that made Adams the number four overall pick in 2007 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

More depressing than missing out on the on field future of Adams, was the loss of never getting to know the man off the field. Only being in Chicago for three months, we as Bears fans never got a chance to build a bond with #99. His time in Chicago was spent getting to learn his new city and team surroundings. He played sparingly for a Bears defense that was trying to find its own identity.

Friends describe Gaines Adams as a free spirit and gentle soul. Never knowing the man, this is the way he should be remembered.

Being a fan of the Bears, when talking about our beloved football team, we tend to use the word ‘We’. As Lovie Smith says, the fans are the Fourth Phase of the Chicago Bears. We build a bond with players; live and die with every loss or victory.

Losing such a young player that was just becoming endearing to us, seems like being cheated. When hearing friends and family talk about Gaines, you wish you had a chance to meet him. A chance to be around him.

The move from Tampa Bay to Chicago was supposed to be what Adams needed to jump start a very promising football career. It was also supposed to be a chance for the city of Chicago and the Bears franchise to gain another outstanding young man.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Windy City Gridiron

You must be a member of Windy City Gridiron to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Windy City Gridiron. You should read them.

Join Windy City Gridiron

You must be a member of Windy City Gridiron to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Windy City Gridiron. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker